Leelanau Cherry Blossom Report

We’ll update the state of cherry blossoms in Leelanau here. If you have a report to share, post it in the comments below or on the Leelanau(dot)com Facebook!

Last update: May 10th

Tart cherry blossoms are just starting to pop and we should have great coverage this weekend. Here’s a live look from an orchard taken this morning.

Leelanau by Jeff Lamb

Leelanau by Jeff Lamb

Dr. Nikki Rothwell, director of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, has told us that although sweets typically blossom first with tarts coming 3-5 days after, there have been years when they’ve come at the same time. She noted that cherries are only receptive to be fertilized for a week or so, no matter how long the blossoms are out. Years when we do have an enduring blossom can even be detrimental to fertilization as bees don’t like to fly when it’s cold.

Keep an eye on at least one tree with the Hort station’s Cherry Orchard webcam.

The photo is Leelanau by my departed but not forgotten Jeff Lamb. See more in his Leelanau slideshow.

For a whole lot more about cherry blossoms, check out Cherry Blossom Time in Michigan on Michigan in Pictures.

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