Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs in my Garden
Sunshine, blue sky, wispy white clouds here and there. Robins chasing the worms and blue jay searching for twigs to build a nest in nearby tree. Daffodils, crocuses have emerged from their winter slumber. Spring is in the air. I love spring everything is fresh and new.
Another sign of spring is the cherry plum trees in my garden. They are always the first to bloom showing their magnificent white flowers. Bees attracted to their strong scent. I stood one sunny day in front of the trees and listen the bees buzzing along feasting on the cherry plum blossoms it was an awesome sound. Robins like to eat the fruit too, ripen in late July through August. To cover trees with bird net it is impossible. There are plenty of fruit to share around for human and birds.
Cherry-Plum Blossoms & Bird House
Myrobalan or Cherry-Plum
Latin for cherry plum, prunus cerasifera or the myrobalan cherry tree. A deciduous tree belongs to the rose family, (Rosaceae in Latin). Will grow from 15 to 30 feet. The cherry plum in my garden is about 25 feet with a spread of 30 feet. These trees are good for screening neighborhood eyesores. The flower is about 3/4 to 1 inch with 5 petals. Fruit size similar to cherry with characteristic of a plum. Cherry plum taste of a combination cherry and plum. It has a pit like cherry. Fruit color is deep red. My cherry plum tree leaves are deep green, some say they are purple, this probably came from different cultivation. In autumn the leaves turn reddish-purple.
Prunus cerasifera or the myrobalan cherry tree. A deciduous tree belongs to the rose family, (Rosaceae ). Will grow from 15 to 30 feet. The cherry plum in my garden is about 25 feet with a spread of 30 feet. An excellent tree for screening.
Delicious Fruit For Snacking
Grown in acidic soil, might also be able to grow in mild alkaline soil. Cherry plum tree prefers full sun and moist soil which is suitable growing condition in Oregon. The seeds dispersed by wild life. Walking through my property occasionally I found cherry plum seedlings. I would dig them out and transplanted in a different place. A slow growing tree I should say.
I like eating cherry plum picked fresh from the tree or make them into jam, chutneys, pies and cobblers. Use recipe as you are making cherry pie. Last year I made cherry plum jam and taste so delicious.
A single Bee Feeding on a Cherry-Plum Blossoms
Plant and Prune a Fruit Tree
Forsythia Welcoming Spring
Forsythia with its bright yellow flowers like a beacon in the dead of winter. A deciduous shrub. Branches can be forced indoor blooming in winter. Tolerate most soils, likes sun, moderate feeding. I rarely feed the forsythia and yet they thrive beautifully. Height 8 feet to 10 feet, spread 6 feet to 8 feet. Remove oldest branches, weak or dead wood.
The variety I have is Forsythia Suspensa (weeping). Dense upright growth, drooping vine like branches root when touch damp soil. During winter remove the branches that took root and transplanted elsewhere. You may use containers to plant the forsythia seedlings.
In summer the shrub will be a mass of green foliage. Good for screening too.