I've always been a little puzzled by one tree in Seymour Road that seemed to come into blossom in the middle of winter. Was this a sign of milder winters? Climate change in action?
This year, it has pink blossom on it before its autumn leaves have even dropped.
So I asked the street tree expert Paul Wood, who tweets as @The StreetTree.
I need not have worried that this tree's behaviour was a sign of milder winters messing with the seasons. This is a winter flowering cherry, Prunus x subhirtella, which flowers from November through to April, and which has been specially cultivated in Japan simply because humans wanted something pretty to look at in the winter months.
An effect I think they have achieved.
To find out more about this street tree, click through to Paul's blog, The Street Tree
Great to hear of your special tree. I wanted and planted a miniature japanese cherry tree in my garden six years ago and it is now two foot high. I love it in spring. I am at the Fin park end of Hermitage road