Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cherry Blossoms and Autumn Leaves

Those tens of thousands of visitors who come to town each Spring to be richly rewarded by the generously profuse Cherry Blossom display are missing out on a real treat when they do not return in late October and early November to see the explosive Autumn display of vibrant colors afforded by these trees. Fall foliage is pleasant to see anywhere, however, Cherry Blossom trees offer a unique opportunity to see a stunning array of rich, contrasting shades of nature's very best artwork. There are many different species of trees in the park, each one with its own way of celebrating the harvest season. There are deep reds and flaming crimsons blended with yellow, plum, bright orange, burnt orange, amber and elegant shades of copper made even more outstanding by a background of evergreens. Sometimes you see several colors on the same tree.

If you have not spent a quiet Fall afternoon among the Cherry Blossom trees in the village, you are missing one of the highlights of Autumn and old Belleville.

But look here, there is something new added, a species of Cherry Blossom tree that displays it's flowers in Autumn, (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’). When the County Parks Department carried out it's plan for a massive planting of Cherry Blossom trees to boost the numbers in the park, they included a nice quantity of these Autumn blooming type. Now, an unexpected color, pink, will join the splendid array of colors.

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