Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) trees, above, are no longer in bloom. The trees are leafing out.
Crabapple (Malus) flowers are open now. Two locations to view the flowers en masse are the grouping across from the Holley Monument and the grove to the west of the Arch.
The park is also home to Kwanzan Cherries (Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’). The flowers of this species are opening. The flowers of the Kwanzan Cherry are larger than and have more petals than the Yoshino Cherry. We keep track of the intra-annual seasonal changes in the park’s trees. You can follow along on Instagram and Twitter.
Remember the recent frost? Many magnolia flowers with exposed petals were burned. A magnolia’s hairy bud is the equivalent of a down coat. You can see healthy Star Magnolia flowers (near the toddler playground). The grove of Saucer Magnolias in the northwest corner were largely spared.
The Tuliptree does not flower until later in the season but the leaf out of this tree is not to be missed. Find the park’s two tuliptrees near the bocce sand court.
Add the following program dates to your calendar.
- Every 2nd Thursday – NEW episode of Your Bird Story, available wherever you listen to podcasts
- Thursday, April 21, 12pm-4pm – Explore Birds program at the Earth Day 2022 celebration in Union Square Park
- Saturday, April 30, 10am-12pm – City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Counts, Garibaldi Plaza Washington Square Park
- April and ongoing – Bird specimens featured in Street Lab EXPLORE at Chelsea Market
- Sunday, May 15, 11am – Bird exploring and crafting at the Naval Cemetery Landscape, Brooklyn Greenway
Did you see the Purpleleaf Plum tree blooming in the southwest corner?