2015 Cherry Blossom April Update – Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Prunus ShirotaeI was surprised when I went to Kew Gardens a few days ago. I expected to see the cherry blossom walk (which earned Kew its top spot in my London Cherry Blossom Guide) in full flower, but to be honest, it’s actually still about a week away from its peak. Don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty of wonderful blossom to be seen, but that moment when the sheer mass of it all is overwhelming is yet to come. So what do you get if you go now?

Kew Gardens Prunus Shirotae April 2015

Well, quite a lot of white Prunus Shirotae is one answer. Which is not to be sneezed at by any means. It’s in full flower behind the Palm House, at the start of the cherry blossom walk.

Kew Gardens Prunus Shirotae April 2015

Where you’ll also find some attractive Prunus Umineko.

Kew Gardens Prunus Umineko April 2015

And Prunus Matsumae Mathimurzakura.

Kew Gardens Prunus Matsumae Mathimurzakura April 2015

There’s some more Prunus Shirotae in a pretty woodland setting near the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Kew Gardens Prunus Shirotae April 2015

Kew Gardens Prunus Shirotae April 2015

Nearby you can’t miss the spectacular deep pink blooms of Prunus Lannesiana Matsumae Beni Yutaka.

Kew Gardens Prunus Lannesiana, Matsumae Beni Yutaka  April 2015

Kew Gardens Prunus Lannesiana, Matsumae Beni Yutaka  April 2015

And pale pink Prunus Subhirtella.

Kew Gardens Prunus Subhirtella April 2015

Kew Gardens Prunus Subhirtella April 2015

But my new discovery is this elegant weeping cherry, Prunus Subhirtella Pendular Rubra by the lake in front of the Palm House. I’ve never come across it before, which just goes to show that what cherry blossom you see depends on when you go looking for it.

Kew Gardens Prunus Subhirtella Pendula Rubra April 2015

Kew Gardens Prunus Subhirtella Pendula Rubra April 2015

I expect you’ve noticed that I’m able to be specific about the varieties of cherry blossom I saw. That’s because all the trees in Kew Gardens have little labels attached telling you what they are. I wish other parks would do the same.

Prunus LannesianaIf you want to get an idea of what’s still to come in the cherry blossom line at Kew, take a look at the blossom I saw last year at Kew Gardens. The blossom peaked earlier last year, at the beginning of April.

It’s always hard to be specific about timings as so much depends on the weather, but I would guess that if you go to Kew in about a week’s time you may strike peak blossom season. But the avenue of pink Prunus Asano beyond the Temperate House is probably about two weeks away from full flowering – it was in tight bud when I went on 9th April. And the avenue of pink cherry blossom in Greenwich Park was also still in bud on 10th April – maybe it’s the same variety.

I saw some fabulous magnolia at Kew too – but I’ll save that for another post.

Kew Gardens Prunus Subhirtella Pendula Rubra April 2015

6 thoughts on “2015 Cherry Blossom April Update – Kew Gardens

  1. I have been relying on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and many of the photos for my recent articles were taken on this phone and a bridge camera with a long zoom lens. Who needs to carry a DSLR with heavy lenses these days?

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