From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Wild Cherry Blossoms?


Spring blossoms?

I think that these may be wild cherry blossoms. They grow on a spindly, scrubby tree, about 15-20 feet tall, on a dry hillside in the fence row. The blossoms look very similar to wild plum, but I don't think it's a plum bush/tree because it's so much taller than they usually grow. If the little tree ever has fruit, the birds apparently get it before I notice it.

3 comments:

John Ruberry said...

It might snow here tomorrow! Nice pic.

Genevieve said...

Hi, John. I heard that my hometown in Nebraska got about 8 inches of wet snow, and even here in Kentucky, we had a possibility of snow flurries last night.

Larry said...

I'll hazard a guess that these are blossoms of one of the several wild plum species which grow in the midlands. I usually think of wild cherry as a May bloomer. But then you live farther south than I do, so I may be wrong. Check the fruits later this year!

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