Signs of Spring on Highway 221

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This flowering tree was a burst of Spring energy on an otherwise dark grade on Highway 221 north of Willis, VA. It was almost 5 o’clock and the light was going fast, so I grabbed a few shots while I could.

Fortunately, there was a nearby pullout so I didn’t have to risk life and limb dodging late afternoon traffic.

It seemed to be some sort of weeping cherry, but I leave the identification to my usual panel of local experts.

Gretchen has informed me that we need one of these in our back yard, so I do need to identify this beautiful tree.

Any ideas?

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0 Responses to Signs of Spring on Highway 221

  1. Sean Pecor says:

    It looks very similar to a weeping higan cherry. You can compare the blossums to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/images/prsup96.jpg. They grow to about 30′ – sometimes 40′ – at full maturity. Here is another mature photo that is quite like the tree you’ve photographed.

    http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2001/032201/cherrytree.jpeg

    You can order them online at greenwoodnursery.com if you can’t procure it locally.

    Sean

  2. anne d. says:

    Beautiful….looks just like the weeping cherry trees we photographed in Black Mountain, North Carolina at Easter a few years back. Don’t know the variety, but that row of cherries were about 12 to 15 feet tall. Indeed, every home place could use a few of these beauties.

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