How to spot different types of blossom
Do you know your damson from your blackthorn? Blossom comes in many shapes, sizes and colours, and telling them apart can be challenging. Find out how to spot different types of blossom in your local area with this blossom-spotting guide.
Blossom to spot in fruit trees
Many garden varieties of cherry blossom are of Japanese origin and are also known as sakura or village cherries. You can see wild cherry blossom in woodlands during March, April and sometimes May.
Apple blossom is white with a hint of pink. Appearing from March to April, it grows in hedgerows, gardens, orchards and scrubland.
Pear trees were introduced to Britain in around AD 995. The delicate white flowers emerge from green buds in March or April, and some varieties grow in gardens, orchards and along the streets.
You can see plum trees in gardens and orchards, as well as near hedges and areas of scrubland where plum stones may have been dropped. The flowers are white and bloom around March and April.
Damson trees are small and hardy with dark green, oval shaped leaves with a lightly serrated edge. They blossom with small white flowers in early April. You can often find it in mixed woodlands, hedgerows, parks, gardens and along pavements.
Blossom to spot in hedgerows and woodland
Some types of willow appear in January, but goat willow stands out in March and April. You can often find it in damp woodland areas or near streams and ditches.
Blackthorn bursts into flower in March with white blossom appearing before the leaves. You can find it in hedgerows and scrub, and it likes to be in bright sunlight.
The fragrant pinkish-white hawthorn flowers appear in April and May, so it’s also known as the mayflower. You can often find it in hedgerows, on the edges of woodlands and in scrubland.
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