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Cherry Trees

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I'm lucky enough to have two beautiful cherry trees on the property.  The one in the front yard is, we estimate, some 30-40 years old and is clearly a grafted tree.  The lower portion, shown in bloom above, is a weeping cherry with pink blossoms.  After they are fading, the upper portion, a wild cherry, blossoms in white as shown below.  It's quite a sight!

cherry tree upper

In the back yard, I have a towering old wild cherry tree, easily 25-30 feet tall.  In the spring, it's lighted from top to bottom with beautiful, wonderfully fragrant white blossoms as shown below.  Later in the season, it bears small, dark red, somewhat tart cherries that are more pit than fruit.

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Spring is in full bloom here in New Jersey in Y2K.  The cherry tree in the front yard is in full bloom -- or rather, the bottom, weeping cherry half is in full bloom.  The upper, wild cherry part has not yet begun to bloom.

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2000 cherry

One week later, and the upper part has also begun to bloom, with the bloom remaining on the lower section -- a two color cherry tree! 

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The old wild cherry tree in the back yard has also bloomed.

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It's late April, 2001, and the weeping part of the weeping cherry tree is in bloom.

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A week later, and both halves of the tree are in bloom, making a marvelous sight!

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Here's a close-up of the weeping cherry blooms.

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The old wild cherry in the backyard is also in full bloom.

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2001 cherry

Here's a close-up of the wild cherry blossoms.

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It's now mid-June, and to my surprise the wild cherry portion of the grafted tree in the front yard has borne a quantity of fruit.  It's yellowish orange in color (with shades of red), the size of a normal cherry, and quite delicious!

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It's early April, 2002, and as is usually the case, the weeping cherry half of the grafted tree in the front yard is the first of the cherry trees to burst into bloom.  The first photo shows detail of the delicate pink blooms.

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2002 Cherry Trees

2002 Cherry Trees

In the next photo, you can clearly see the two different halves of the tree.

2002 Cherry Trees

2002 Cherry Trees

The old wild cherry tree in the back yard has burst into bloom.

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2002 Cherry

2002 Cherry

2002 Cherry

Given the weather (it was 96 degrees today), it's little wonder that the wild cherry half of the tree in the front yard burst into bloom.  You can see clearly the different blossoms of the two halves of the tree.

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Here's detail on the blossoms.

2002 Cherry

It's amazing what a few warm days can do.  It's mid-April, 2003, and the cherry trees have erupted into bloom.

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2003 cherry tree

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2003 cherry tree

After the pretty flowers have faded and gone, we have cherries!

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It's mid-April, 2004, and the weeping cherry tree in the front yard has begun to bloom.

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2004 cherry tree

2004 cherry tree

Here, the upper, wild cherry part of the tree has begun to bloom.

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2004 cherry tree

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2004 cherry tree

The wild cherry tree in the back yard has also bloomed.

2004 cherry tree

2004 cherry tree

2004 cherry tree

The cherry trees have bloomed during the third week of April, 2005.  The first was the pink weeping half of the grafted tree in the front yard, quickly followed by the white wild cherry half.

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The big old wild cherry in the back yard bloomed just a few days later, seemingly overnight.

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2005 cherry tree

2005 cherry tree

2005 cherry tree

It's now late June, which in these parts is cherry season.  Here's what's hanging around on the wild cherry.  They are small and rather sour.

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And here's a sample of what the wild cherry half of the grafted wonder in the front yard produces.  And yes, they are thoroughly delicious!

2005 cherry tree

Mid-April 2006 brought the bloom of both the weeping/wild cherry tree in the front yard and then the huge wild cherry tree in the back yard.  For a change, both the weeping and wild parts of the front yard tree were in bloom at the same time.

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2006 cherry tree

There are advantages to having cherry trees.  It's mid June and while the cherry blossoms are long since gone, this is what's taken their place.  Thoroughly delicious!

2006 cherry tree

It's the fourth week of April 2007 and seemingly overnight, given a couple of eighty degree days, both cherry trees have gone from bare to full bloom.   First is the grafted wonder.  The weeping cherry part bloomed first, followed by the wild cherry part two days later.

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Here are the weeping cherry blossoms ...

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... and the wild cherry blossoms.  Remember, both are on the same tree!

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Here's the big old wild cherry tree in the back yard.

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2007 cherry

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 2007 cherry

Mid- to late-April 2008 brings the bloom of the cherry trees.  The first to bloom is the weeping portion of the front-yard cherry tree (the grafted one) with its pink blossoms.

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2008 cherry tree

2008 cherry tree

2008 cherry tree

A few warm days later, the wild cherry portion of the front-yard tree is also in bloom with its white blossoms.  These will hopefully produce lots of orange-yellow cherries this year!

2008 cherry tree

2008 cherry tree

Just a few days later, the huge wild cherry tree in the back yard burst into bloom seemingly overnight.

2008 cherry tree

2008 cherry tree

2008 cherry tree

2008 cherry tree

It's now the middle of June and, on the wild cherry tree half of the grafted tree in the front yard (the white blossoms), the blossoms have long since faded, but these have taken their place.  And these you can eat! 

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2008 cherry

The cherry trees have put on quite a show during the spring of 2009!

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Perhaps it was all the snow and rain, perhaps it was a few days near 90 degrees, but in the spring of 2010 the cherry trees have put on an amazing show!  As always, the first to bloom is the weeping part of the split personality cherry in the front yard.

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Next came the wild cherry part of the split personality cherry in the front.

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And last, the monster wild cherry in the backyard.

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2010 cherry tree

It's now early June and the white blossoms of the wild cherry part of the grafted tree in the front yard have given way to these absolutely delicious fruits.  Somehow, these cherries always seem sweeter, perhaps because I pick them from my own tree.

2010 cherries

2010 cherries

Mid-April 2011 brought with it the bloom of the cherry trees, first the pink weeping cherry part of the grafted tree in the front yard, followed by the white wild cherry part of the same tree, and followed soon thereafter by the giant wild cherry tree in the back yard.

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In 2012 both cherry trees bloomed in late March and early April, much earlier than normal.  First up was the weeping half of the split-personality tree in the front yard (pink), followed soon after by the wild cherry half (white) and the big old wild cherry (white) in the back yard.

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Last Updated: 08 Jan 2015

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