Marijke’s Tree

Thaks to Caer at Grant Street for sending us the following:

Last year, 2011, in spring, our dear neighbour at Grant Street, Marijke Nap, passed away. She was a gardener, and artist. In remembrance of her we acquired an Akebono cherry tree. We had hoped to plant it somewhere in our co-op but it seems that it’s a bit too big for any of our sites. So, if we don’t find a place for it we would like to donate it to a new community garden at Woodland Park in the spring of 2013. Jillian McClennan has been in touch with them and they are interested.

The tree, Prunus x yedoensis “Akebono”, means daybreak or dawn in Japanese and is a member of the Rosaceae family. According to one website, the tree dates back to 1920, when the W.B. Clarke & Co. Nursery in San Jose, California developed it from a seeding. Apparently it does particularly well in coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest with dazzling displays of large blooms usually beginning in April. Also the blossoms are quite fragrant. As the tree ages the pink flower petals fade slightly then turn white before they fall. The tree produces fleshy, round, black fruit of less than 1 inch in diameter that birds enjoy. In the fall the leaves turn golden yellow with orange tints. At maturity the Akebono is between 25 and 35 feet in height with a spread of 25 to 40 feet

Photos: That’s a park in Portland with all the trees. I thought it might be nice to see what they look like in full bloom. Also included is a drawing of it from a website.