51. Hisakura Cherry

(Prunus serrulata 'Choshu-hisakura')

Family: Rosaceae


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A double row of nine Hisakura cherry trees introduces Rainier Vista, between Suzzallo Library and Gerberding Hall. Across Grant Lane are six Kwanzan Cherries for comparison. Hisakura is an extremely rare Japanese flowering cherry that differs from common kwanzan in blooming earlier, not having pompom-weight flowers, growing broader, staying smaller and more dense, and in having narrower leaves less fringed on the edges. In a word, it is a restrained Kwanzan. Its chief virtues are its earlier bloom and lesser space requirements. These are the only campus specimens, and the variety is not available at nurseries.

 

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