Plant ID forum: Pink blossoming tree

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Juvenba76
Mar 15, 2017 11:58 AM CST
I've noticed these thick pink blossoming trees every year and wondered what type of tree it is.
I haven't seen in anywhere nearby, so "possibly"* not typical here, at least from what I've seen.
It's located in Salt Lake City, UT (USDA zone 6b)
It's trunk has a 12-16 inch diameter and height ranges from 20' to 28'.
It's grouped together with a number of the same trees and are at their peak height from what I've noticed over the past years.
I've though about them being crepe myrtle trees but the size of the trunk and the climate seems off-putting for it to be them?



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2017 12:29 PM CST
Welcome!

I suspect they are cherry trees. Do you have photos of the flowers?
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Juvenba76
Mar 15, 2017 1:19 PM CST
I don't believe it's a cherry tree as I've walked by here throughout the year and never seen cherries, which made me wonder.
Any other possibilities?
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crawgarden
Mar 15, 2017 1:36 PM CST
Don't think ornamental cherry trees bear fruit, if thats what they are.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2017 2:01 PM CST
More specifically, a Kwanzan Cherry.

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scflowers
Mar 15, 2017 2:09 PM CST
I have an ornamental flowering cherry tree, and it does not ever produce fruit, just pretty pink flowers. The bark does look very similar, but my tree is very young so it's harder to compare. Here is what the bloom looks like:


The one in your area should bloom soon and you can compare it to database photos when it does.
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greene
Mar 15, 2017 3:50 PM CST
Juvenba76,
Have you told us at what time of year you have witnessed the blooms?
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sooby
Mar 15, 2017 5:04 PM CST
If we knew what the buildings were or the name of the road we could maybe do a Sherlock and try Google street view back in time to when they were flowering. Still might not be close enough to see detail though.
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dave
Mar 15, 2017 7:18 PM CST

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Could they be redbuds?
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Paul2032
Mar 15, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Bark looks like a flowering cherry to me. I see them here often......
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ViburnumValley
Mar 15, 2017 7:35 PM CST
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Absolutely no question that these are some flavor of ornamental flowering cherry.

The vertical trunk is the understock, and the flowering occurs on the top-grafted selection. You can vividly see where the "break" in bark characteristic occurs - where branching begins.

This is a very common and "standard" production method by which to uniformly produce plants at a common branching height.

Now, many of these selections only lack fruit because there is no suitable (and non-identical) pollinating partner available. This is a common trait among members of Rosaceae, which are notoriously poor self-pollinators. Ask any apple orchardist.
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2017 7:57 PM CST
AND Cherry is the Utah state fruit. A whole bunch of them were given by Japan to the state of Utah shortly after WWII. These look about the right size.
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porkpal
Mar 16, 2017 6:30 AM CST
John answered my doubts. I had never seen such tall cherry trees. I learned something: they are grafted !
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