Sunday, April 11, 2010

Today's Flowers #88: Taiwan Cherry Blossom

Taiwan cherry or Formosan cherry (山櫻花), Prunus capanulata is a native plant of Taiwan. We called it Mountain Cherry. It was first described in 1883 by Russian Botanist, Carl Johann Maximowicz. It flowers in early spring. The blossom is not as impressive as Yoshino Cherry of Japan. But it has its own character.

I always have difficulty to really show the feeling of the numerous of flowers on this cherry tree in photograph. It is hard to get all the flowers in focus and convey the visual impact of hundreds of flowers blooming at the same time.

I photographed this tree last February near our condo, when I just came back from the States. It was still early in season. Some area in Taiwan of higher altitude, the flowers only come into full bloom in March.

Here is a cluster of Mountain Cherry flowers against the warm early February sunshine.

Here is a close-up of the flower.

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14 comments:

Pat said...

Beautiful! We have what's called "Flowering
Cherry" trees here, similar to the Taiwan Cherry tree you show here. I love the dense flowers all over the tree--so cheery and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Your photos of the cherry trees are lovely! Such a very pretty flower and a gorgeous color. Thank you for sharing and have a great week.

Carletta said...

I think you have isolated the little blooms beautifully!
I just love the shot with a pink bokeh and the darker shot of the cluster - excellent!
Mine’s here: Carletta’s Captures.

EG Wow said...

The blossoms are such a beautiful colour. These are exquisite!

Coffeedoff said...

Oh that is beautiful!

Randi said...

Adorable shots. The cherry blossoms are really beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous color, your Cherry blossoms are gorgeous!

Carolyn Ford said...

I think it is quite impressive! And, so is your macro photography! You really captured this cherry blossom with wonderful back light...so nice.

vincibene said...

Wonderful colour! Gorgeous!

eden said...

Gorgeous flowers with beautiful colours. Have a great week

fiziskandarz said...

beautiful [ the picture, the color, and the composition :) ] is it spring in taiwan now? anyhow it's spring here after months and months shivering :D

Judy said...

I love the series of photos! You have gone from the tree as a whole, to the individual florets, and that shows all the stages of their beauty! If I had to choose a favourite, I would pick the middle one, with the single cluster in focus, but a hundred more blossoms behind it!!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

What a gorgeous shade of pink!

Our weeping cherry is blooming in a pale pink right now. I am thrilled that we didn't get any frost before the buds had a chance to open. That happens some winters here.

shu said...

Stunning photos! Just realize the cherry blossoms in the US tend to be lighter color than the ones in Taiwan. They must belong to different species.

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