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May 01, 2009


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Do you know what kind of tree you are standing in front of? It's really beautiful.

I don't know! Do you?

No, that's why I asked.

Thanks! I will look into it.

Does anyone know what kind of tree that is?

The tree is Prunus triloba var. truncata ( ornamental hybrids) < Prunus (almond, apricot, cherry, peach, and plum) < Rosaceae < Rosales < Magnoliopsida < Magnoliophyta.
So, the closest common name will be flowering plum or flowering almond.
The tree is also known as "the crazy tree" among students here. Crazy because it blooms in three different colors of white, light pink, and peachy pink- like a tree version of borderline personality disorder. :) Quite a tree, it really brightens the campus around the main library in April and May.

Thank you very much. We have flowering plums and flowering almonds here in the States, but they are usually only one color. I've never seen one with three colors. It's really lovely.

No...It's my pleasure. I was just trying to be a dutiful student of Professor Goodman by answering his question. :) He has been such a wonderful teacher and guide for all of us. And I thank You for running this great site and for spreading and sharing the beauty and joy of poetry and life.

So, the closest common name will be flowering plum or flowering almond.
The tree is also known as "the crazy tree" among students here.

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