Looking good now
The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
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Prunus sargentii

This lovely tree must be in a competition to win the greatest number of excellent common names: Japanese hill cherry, Sargent's cherry, ezo cherry, big mountain cherry. Though still small the stiff branches thrust out energetically as though vorticist in construction but each is then incongruously clothed in gorgeous raspberry ripple pink, large and supplicant flowers.
When the anemone of stamens is highlighted against the coppery bronze, pleated and toothed new leaves, it is an exhilarating sight.

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