Cherry Blossoms... In November?

That's right, folks! It is odd to see cherry blossoms blooming as the last of their fading leaves struggle to hang on for one more day.

I found only one other blogger who noticed the blooming cherry blossoms in DC, but I admit to not digging that hard, so I wouldn't be surprised to find more.

I found these blooming cherry blossoms on Sunday in Tenleytown in DC while on my way to my Dungeons & Dragons game (yes, I'm a geek, shoot me). Not all of the cherry blossoms had flowered--I think that might have a bit to do with lighting and placement of those particular trees. Maybe they didn't get as warm as some of the others. It has been not too cold--it has not yet gone below freezing, and few times has it gone below 40 Fahrenheit, anyway. So I don't know if the flowering could be attributed to a cold period followed by a less-cold period.

My mom says that the cherry blossoms will bloom again in the spring. She says she says that authoritatively, but I will reserve judgment.

These pictures were taken with my mobile phone, so they aren't terribly impressive, but they work for the moment. I might find new ones to photograph if I remember to bring my camera.

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4 Responses to Cherry Blossoms... In November?

  1. I've never heard of that before. Interesting...

  2. This is actually the Autumn Blooming Cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis') - it will bloom again more fully in spring but has a smaller flush each fall.

  3. Aha! Mystery solved.

    Thanks, Kathy!

  4. I spotted a cherry tree blooming in Chicago last week. It is definitely not a fall blooming variety, just one tricked into blooming by the weird weather we've been having.



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