Last week I posted a photo of what I thought were cherry blossoms, but the consensus amongst readers was that the photo was of a Magnolia tree.
Well, here are some actual cherry blossoms, courtesy of the good folks over at NYC Daily Pictures.
This shot was snapped on the east side of the reservoir in Central Park.
The cherry blossoms pictured are Yoshino Cherry blossoms — you can read a little more about them on the Central Park Conservancy’s website. Per CPC:
The Yoshino Cherry is the most common ornamental flowering cherry in Central Park. It is a true harbinger of spring, with the flowers appearing in mid to late April - before there is any other tree in leaf or flower - giving the appearance of puffy clouds in the landscape. Some of the older specimens of Yoshino Cherries along the east side of the Reservoir may be the original trees presented as a gift to the United States by Japan in 1912.
In addition to the east side of the reservoir, Yoshino Cherries can also be found in these areas of Central Park:
- Lilac Walk (northeast Sheep Meadow)
- Conservatory Water
- Ramble, mid-Park between 73rd and 79th Streets
- Cherry Hill, mid-Park at 72nd Street
- Delacorte Theater, mid-Park at 80th Street
- Southeast edge of Great Lawn
I’m pretty sure we’re right around the peak bloom for cherry blossoms, so if the weather holds up this weekend it’s as good a time as any to check them out.
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