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Mike's Blog - Day 179

There seems to be a trend lately, “here is a tree we have already had”, but this is a grand little tree and deserves its second go.

It’s one of the first Japanese Cherries to flower and appeared on Day 3.

It has excellent late summer colour (or is it really autumn now?). I think, given its size, it’s probably a tree that should be much more popular in gardens.

It's Prunus “Kojo-no-mai”, which a friend said means “flight of the butterflies”, a good name for its masses of delicate spring flowers. It deserves a name for its autumn colour too. The colour is as good as a Japanese maple/acer, but you have the bonus of the spring flowers.

Apparently, autumn in Japan is almost as breathtaking as the cherry flowering time. Going by the intense red of this little tree, I wouldn’t be surprised.