The bright red, strap like flowers make this a unique and beautiful cultivar. However, as a hybrid cultivar, they have a few foibles. Do you see a flower that looks a bit out of place?
They tend to throw a sport, reverting to the “mother plant” with a full-petaled flower here and there, which will become the dominant flower if left unchecked.
See it now?
When the tree is in full bloom, it’s easy to find the big flowers…
And remove them back to the point where the thin petaled flowers grow.
The following year, the large flowers were fewer:
Next week we’ll look at cleanup after the show, two years in a row.