In honor of the just ended Hanami season in Japan:
Cotton candy blooms
Kwanzan cherry explosion
Why are there no bees?
An active beehive
A cherry tree right next door
What’s going on here?
Apparently the double blossoms of the Kwanzan cherry,
which smell faintly almondy,
don’t attract pollinators.
They don’t need to, as Kwanzan cherry trees don’t fruit,
they spread by shoots from their shallow roots.
They don’t live long, usually 15-25 years.
When this one dies, I’m replacing it with a
fruiting cherry tree.
Good for the bees and good for pie.