Ask a Consulting Arborist Q&A: Leaf, Seed, and Flower Concerns

Q: If thundercloud plum trees bloom in the winter due to warm weather, will they bloom in spring?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016  

Q: Due to the unseasonably warm weather, the thundercloud plum trees in Providence, Rhode Island, have bloomed. I'm curious as to whether they will reform buds and bloom again in spring. Will their leaves look okay next spring/summer? How do they adapt to this change?

A: The plum has "expended" flower buds it produced in the 2015 season. It will not form new buds at this time. You may notice sporadic flowering in spring 2016 from flower buds that did not respond to the warm winter weather.  It is doubtful that the leaf buds, and hence leaf production, will be affected by this event.


Responder: Michael R. Hughes, RCA #383, Freeport, ME