|Prunus campanulata The Taiwan Cherry|
The dilemma garden centers face arises when a host of hibernating gardeners awaken and pour in asking for "redbuds." After all ,the Taiwan Cherry sports magenta-red buds whereas our native redbud might more properly be called a "purplebud". Surprisingly this does not lead to much confusion as we are all absolutely certain that our Asian friend, the Taiwan cherry, is indeed a native "redbud." Our native redbud has unfortunately obliged in recent decades by declining in numbers rivaling the dissapearing dogwoods.
The Accuweather (now there's a gutsy name) forecast calls for a low next week of 20 degrees which will threaten this year's "cherry festival" for the first time in recent memory. But the open flowers have a peculiar resistance to cold, often undamaged by temps in the mid twenties. That is one of the joys of the winter gardener-the daring optimism we share with the Taiwan cherry.
Use the cherry as you might a dogwood or other small tree. It is a fine specimen, but where room permits, a multi-trunked grove (as pictured) is especially beautiful.