I first posted about this tree here, in early April. I didn’t know the species, but made a guess. It turns out I’m wrong. That’s OK. But it’s embarrassing that in my post I talked about bypassing the use of a dichotomous key in favor of using google images to identify trees. It doesn’t always work, obviously.
I noticed this tree at our local Little League field, and at the time it was leafing out in green foliage with white inflorescences in racemes, looking like this:
When I noticed this tree and posted that I thought it was Prunus padus, I saw a few that appeared to be the same around NW 21st and Flanders on my daily route. After a while, I observed the foliage turning purple on those trees, and so I wasn’t surprised to come back and find this, the same tree 2 months later.
So, did I make any collections and get out my botanical resources to key it out? No, I did not. But with the added clue of foliage that emerges green then changes to purple I’m getting within the ballpark, a cultivar of Prunus virginana, which is a type of chokecherry.
It’s interesting, the green new growth popping out from the purple mass of older foliage.
Not many fruits to be seen, but here’s a few green ones I could find. They’ll get darker as they ripen.
One of the goals I had for this blog was to get me to pay closer attention to trees I see on a regular basis and to notice more, which is already happening. Learning through making mistakes — I’m good at it!