Saturday, June 05, 2010

Three Anchorage Trees with White Flowers

I wonder what percent of people in Anchorage, as the go past trees full of white flowers this week recognize more than just "tree with white flowers" and can distinguish amongst them.  And how many more actually know the names.  Here are three trees that are blooming near my house right now.

Crab apple blossoms

Choke cherry blossoms [6/3/17 I've put in new link, old one no longer worked]

[Update:  I didn't like the original Mt. Ash picture, so I've replaced it with a new one.]

Mountain ash blossoms

I'm not sure that knowing these different trees is terribly important.  But in general terms, one's ability to notice the details of our lives is important.  It relates to our attentiveness and our ability to notice changes in what's happening around us.  Of course we can't keep track of everything, and there are a lot of details I don't notice, but I think most humans have a lot of empty space still in their brains which would accommodate more attentiveness. 

By the way, all three of the trees are in the family Rosaceae or the Rose Family. 


  1. Beautiful!

    In 2000 in NYC, I saw the most spectacular tree with white flowers in Central Park around 72nd Street. Someone told me they thought it was a weeping cherry. I will never forget that tree. And I had what someone told me was a locust tree in my mini Central Park (postage stamp sized) "back yard."

    It's Jacaranda Season as I call it, in So Cal. Purple flowers galore.

  2. I am not crazy about trees with white flowers because we have too much white in the winter! I go for color-color-color! in the summer, but since plants wither and die under my care, it doesn't really matter anyway. I have taken to mixing fake flowers from Joann's with real flowers and as long as one doesn't go too crazy, from a distance, they pass for color.

  3. Watching changes in our garden every day. Very nice way to enjoy a bit of the natural world in a city.

  4. I love the flowers and the way you show them! gardening is one of my biggest passions

  5. Thanks for all your comments. nswfm, it's nice to know you still visit now and then.

    Brown Thumb, while part of me cringes at the idea of fake flowers in the garden, I understand the desire for color. So look into perennials - there are a number that do well in Alaska and they come up every year. Ligularia gives you great yellow flowers, delphiniums blue, etc. Go to the botanical garden on Campbell Airstrip Road (I'm assuming you're here in Anchorage) to get ideas.

    Jay, I think I have a picture of that patch of nature in the big city. It's really a little oasis.

    Ann Flowers - great id! We got back too late to start our own seedlings, but I've got some I bought last week I need to plant. There's so much to see and enjoy in each leaf and flower. Thanks for stopping by. Our irises are blooming now and I'll get some pictures up soon.

  6. Thanks so much I have several mountain ash trees in front of my job, could not find the name of this tree, but everyone has been asking me. Now I know... Thanks again...

  7. My property is being overrun with chokecherry! We've been here for almost 10 years and they are taking over.

    1. Yes, I've cut down three trees that invaded my yard, but each year I have to cut off the shoots that grow out of the stumps. And I pull out little sprouts all the time. Too bad they don't bear some delicious fruit.


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