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A Tree Of Two Halves [May. 16th, 2012|09:26 am]
Tony Grist
There's a cherry tree in a garden on my in-laws' street which has a top half that lags several weeks behind its bottom half. When the lower branches were blossoming the upper branches were bare- and I assumed it was dying. Now the bottom branches are in leaf and the upper branches are blossoming. I've never seen anything like it before.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-05-16 08:54 am (UTC)
Our cherry tree did something similar this year. The top half is way behind the bottom.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-16 08:57 am (UTC)
So it's not uncommon. How strange.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-05-16 09:00 am (UTC)
It isn't that common, really. Our tree is maybe 15 years old and this is the first year I've seen that happen. I'll have to do some research.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-16 09:31 am (UTC)
Please tell me if you find anything.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-05-16 10:34 am (UTC)
I will! So far all I've seen has to do with temperatures and rainfall amounts or the lack thereof. Maybe the climate in many places just conspired to make this happen? So far, no conclusive findings.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-05-16 10:28 am (UTC)
Is it a graft, perhaps?
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-05-16 10:34 am (UTC)
The same thing happened to my cherry tree here in southern Spain and it's not a graft.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-05-16 01:52 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-16 11:37 am (UTC)
I doubt it, but I can't be definite. It's quite a big tree.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-05-16 01:53 pm (UTC)
It was an idea, anyway. How curious!
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[User Picture]From: wemyss
2012-05-16 04:21 pm (UTC)

P avium chekhovensis, perhaps.

Or possibly a Housman's cherry, with an extra loveliness season added on.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-16 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: P avium chekhovensis, perhaps.

Two bites, so to speak.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-05-17 12:44 am (UTC)
When the lower branches were blossoming the upper branches were bare- and I assumed it was dying. Now the bottom branches are in leaf and the upper branches are blossoming.

It sounds like a piece of iconography.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 07:42 am (UTC)
A heraldic device perhaps...
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