The red and the white

When my dear wife Karen and I were shopping for the cherry tree to plant in front of our cherished Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, we spied our share of pink blossoms and white blossoms.

And we debated the merits of each.

Having visited Washington, D.C., for our first Cherry Blossom Festival just a month or so before that trip through nursery aisles, we were fresh from the beauty of both.

A walk this week with Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle brought me past a neighbor who has appeared to come up with a unique solution.

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In two spots at this house — which may be in Eastwood or may be in Lyncourt — there are trees that appear to be red at one half and white at the other.

I looked closely at the bottom of both, and they appear to have morphed into one root system.

Nice flora if you can work out the fauna.

Do you prefer the red/pink or the white blossoms, and why? Do you think this was planned, or is a happy accident? Do you like the hybrid look or not, and why?>/em>

32 thoughts on “The red and the white

  1. I don’t know about grafting — sticking a plant in the soil and remembering to water it is about my gardening speed:-) — but I like the two colors. Here in Lexington people often plant a white dogwood and a pink or rose dogwood together (or perhaps they’re grafting???) and I love the look.


  2. I’m not sure I like the graft either — and I prefer color in my flowers — we bought our current house just before spring. It had been professionally landscaped, and we couldn’t wait. Everything is white. Every single flower. BORING! So we’ve spent 14 years adding color.

    For cherry trees, I like what I call the snowball variety. Sometimes, sigh, they’re white, but usually they are pink. And weeping cherry trees are wonderful too. OK. I like them all. Shut up, Elyse.


  3. Oh, don’t ask me to choose! We had cherry trees behind my house as I grew up. Some of my fondest memories are up in the branches of those large trees, spoiling my dinner by stuffing myself with cherries:). Red or white, they’re still beautiful!


  4. I agree – must be a grafted tree, but either way, it sure is pretty. I like both colored blossoms. And when they blow off in the breeze, it will be a shower of pink and white blossoms. How nice!!!


  5. Yes, I agree with Paul, it looks like a graft. I wonder how that fairs, ultimately since most grafts are a bit weakening. But that red flower is vivid and beautiful. Wow!


  6. Probably a graft of white onto red or vice versa when the plants were young Mark. I like Saki – whatever color she produces. πŸ™‚


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