Decorator’s Notebook and the Mystery of the Marshmallow Tree

So, there I am walking to the station the other day and admiring the blossom outside the church as per usual, when I notice something funny about this one particular tree…
London cherry blossom

Can you see it?

Now, this tree is white, but halfway up there’s one branch covered in pink blossom. And not only that, the flowers are a completely different shape too.

A marshmallow tree! Or more like a flump really, when you think about it.

close up cherry blossom
{all Decorator’s Notebook}

Weird no? Is this a common horticultural thingamy I just don’t know about, or is there some severe plastic tree surgery going on here?

Answers on a postcard… or Tweet @DecoratorsNotes #marshmallowtrees

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  1. says

    I saw a tree just like this at the weekend too, in Peckham Rye Park! It was half and half though, and looked really odd.

    I *think* what’s happened is the top of the tree has been grafted onto a different rootstock and then the original rootstock of the tree has started growing as well.

    But, I took photos of the tree I saw too and plan to ask my horticulture teacher tomorrow if he can further explain the phenomenon. Will let you know for sure!

  2. says

    Yes there’s a tree in a tree in Brockwell Park and a blossom like that in tesco car park Brixton (I don’t shop there!) I had it explained to me but sorry cant remember, would like to know too

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