Read Blossom Update: A Good Year for Cherries by Douglas Justice

May 15, 2022. Aren’t cold wet springs great?! ‘Shiro-fugen’ just keeps on keeping on. We don’t generally make two trees a Festival Favourite location, so this site in Gibsons doesn’t qualify to be listed in the Festival Favourites in Bloom section below, but it looks lovely, yes? Note that these flowers that opened white with bronze leaves now are pink flowers with green leaves.

You can share your finds on our forums at VCBF Neighbourhood Blogs | UBC Botanical Garden Forums.

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‘Shiro-fugen’ in the Sunshine Coast neighbourhood, photo by Shirley Willard.
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‘Shiro-fugen’ in the Sunshine Coast neighbourhood, photo by Shirley Willard.

You can find photos previously featured here this year in the Album at https://vcbf.ca/albums/blossoms-from-2022/. If you missed some of these postings, the newer ones have been saved in the Blog – Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (vcbf.ca)

The First International Cherry Blossom Prediction Competition ended on February 28, 2022. Vancouver contributed a location for the competition: the ‘Akebono’ trees in Maple Grove Park, at the corner of SW Marine Drive and Yew Street. Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture & Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, has been photographing them beginning on March 10. These trees are in full bloom now, declared to be at 70% open flowers as of March 27, the day before these photos were taken. Note how they looked three days ago.

Douglas’s photos beginning on March 10 have been collected in the thread at Appreciation: – First International Cherry Blossom Prediction Competition | UBC Botanical Garden Forums.

Festival Favourites

Some of our festival favourite photo-op locations will be shown here during the bloom season with current year photos and the approximate blooming dates. Red markers on our festival map show all our favourite locations. ​​​​When we talk about Festival Favourites, we mean you will be happy you made the trip to see them to photograph them. When you’re there, remember the neighbours:

1) do not climb the trees
2) do not break the branches
3) be respectful of the residents who live on the street
4) do not stop in the middle of the street
5) keep your visit to a max of 15mins (cause really, how long does it take to snap a few photos?)
6) stay on city property, do not go on private property
7) try to stay off the grass, especially if you are wearing heels.
Mostly – be respectful to the environment and the residents. Remember that it is the residents who are responsible for caring for those trees.

Learn How to Take Cherry Blossom Photos with your phone thanks to Cakewalk Media for the tips!

Festival Favourites in bloom

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Riley Park ‘Shiro-fugen’
Mountainview Cemetery
Bloom Dates: Apr 23 to May 7
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Riley Park
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West Vancouver ‘Shiro-fugen’
14th and Argyle
Bloom Dates: Apr 24 to May 8
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West Vancouver
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Sunshine Coast ‘Shiro-fugen’
Sechelt Visitor Centre
Bloom Dates: Apr 24 to May 8
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Sunshine Coast
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Hastings-Sunrise ‘Shiro-fugen’
Callister Park
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to May 10
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise

Festival Favourites no longer in Bloom

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West Vancouver ‘Kanzan’
Taylor Way
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West Vancouver
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Strathcona ‘Shiro-fugen’
Gore and Union
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to May 10
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Strathcona
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Sunset Prunus avium ‘Plena’ (with ‘Kanzan’)
Elgin, 47th to 49th
Bloom Dates: Apr 23 to May 7
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Sunset
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Marpole avium ‘Plena’
West 65th and Adera
Bloom Dates: Apr 14 to Apr 28
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Marpole
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Langley ‘Shogetsu’
Church of the Latter Day Saints, 20370-82ndSt
Bloom Dates: Apr 16 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Langley City and Township
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Riley Park avium ‘Plena’
West 29th/Midlothian at Cambie
Bloom Dates: Apr 14 to Apr 28
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Riley Park
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Langley ‘Kanzan’
211A Street and 85A Avenue
Bloom Dates: Apr 13 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Langley City and Township
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Kensington-Cedar Cottage ‘Kanzan’
East 18th Avenue and Knight Street
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kensington-Cedar Cottage
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New Westminster ‘Kanzan’
Osborne Avenue
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for New Westminster
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New Westminster ‘Kanzan’
Fraser Cemetery
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for New Westminster
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Renfrew-Collingwood ‘Kanzan’
Rupert Street at from East 12th to 29th
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Renfrew-Collingwood
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Dunbar-Southlands ‘Kanzan’
Dunbar Street, 18th to King Edward
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Dunbar-Southlands
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Kensington-Cedar Cottage ‘Kanzan’
East 29th and Ross
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kensington-Cedar Cottage
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Grandview-Woodland ‘Kanzan’
East 3rd Avenue and Semlin
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Grandview-Woodland
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Kitsilano ‘Kanzan’
Cornwall and Burrard
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
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Marpole ‘Kanzan’
West 66th, Adera to Granville
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Marpole
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Mount Pleasant ‘Kanzan’
East 10th and Glen Drive
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Mount Pleasant
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Renfrew-Collingwood ‘Kanzan’
North on Rupert from East 29th, 17 blocks
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Renfrew-Collingwood
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Marpole ‘Kanzan’
West 71st and Montcalm
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Marpole
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Fairview ‘Kanzan’
Granville Island
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Fairview
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Kitsilano ‘Kanzan’
West 3rd Avenue, Cornwall to Broadway
Bloom Dates: Apr 17 to Apr 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
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Downtown ‘Kanzan’
Beatty Mews
Bloom Dates: Apr 12 to Apr 25
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Downtown
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South Cambie ‘Ukon’
Baillie, 37th to 41st
Bloom Dates: Apr 13 to Apr 26
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for South Cambie
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Renfrew-Collingwood ‘Ukon’
East 15th and Nootka
Bloom Dates: Apr 13 to Apr 26
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Renfrew-Collingwood
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Burnaby ‘Somei-yoshino’ (unseasonably late for this cultivar)
Burnaby Mountain
Bloom Dates: Apr 10 to Apr 22
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Burnaby
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Kerrisdale ‘Ukon’
Churchill from 47th to 49th
Bloom Dates: Apr 13 to Apr 26
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kerrisdale
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West End / Stanley Park ‘Shirotae’
Stanley Park, near the Japanese Memorial
Bloom Dates: Mar 28 to Apr 12
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End / Stanley Park
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West Point Grey ‘Tai-haku’
16th and Crown
Bloom Dates: Apr 5 to Apr 17
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West Point Grey
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Kerrisdale Tai-haku’
Balsam, 41st to 43rd
Bloom Dates: Apr 5 to Apr 17
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kerrisdale
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Kitsilano ‘Tai-haku’
Seaforth Peace Park
Bloom Dates: Apr 2 to Apr 17
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
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New Westminster ‘Akebono’
Jamieson Ct off of Richmond Street
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 14
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for New Westminster
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Victoria-Fraserview ‘Somei-yoshino’
East 41st, from Gladstone to Stirling
Bloom Dates: Mar 28 to Apr 8
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Victoria-Fraserview
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Surrey and North Delta ‘Akebono’
Spenser Drive
Bloom Dates: Mar 28 to Apr 8
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Surrey and North Delta
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Downtown ‘Akebono’
David Lam Park
Bloom Dates: Mar 23 to Apr 6
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Downtown
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Dunbar-Southlands ‘Akebono’
West 37th, Highbury to Wallace
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Dunbar-Southlands
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Surrey and North Delta ‘Akebono’
158 St and 102 Ave
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Surrey and North Delta
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Sunset ‘Afterglow’
Prince Edward and East 62nd
Bloom Dates: Mar 28 to Apr 8
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Sunset
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Dunbar-Southlands ‘Akebono’
West 37th and Highbury
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Dunbar-Southlands
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West Vancouver ‘Akebono’
Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
Bloom Dates: Mar 24 to Apr 11
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West Vancouver
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Richmond ‘Akebono’
Garry Point Park
Bloom Dates: Mar 26 to Apr 7
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Richmond
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Marpole ‘Akebono’
West 64th west of Ash
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Marpole
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Downtown ‘Akebono’
Marinaside west of Yaletown Aquabus
Bloom Dates: Mar 23 to Apr 12
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Downtown
Burnaby ‘Akebono’
Madison Centre (Rosser/Madison)
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Burnaby
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Downtown ‘Akebono’
Art Phillips Park (Burrard Station)
Bloom Dates: Mar 23 to Apr 12
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Downtown
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Renfrew-Collingwood ‘Akebono’
Collingwood Village, Crowley Drive
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Renfrew-Collingwood
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Kensington-Cedar Cottage ‘Akebono’
22nd and Windsor
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kensington-Cedar Cottage
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Hastings-Sunrise ‘Akebono’
East 6th and Slocan
Bloom Dates: Mar 29 to Apr 13
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise
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Kitsilano ‘Akebono’
Museum of Vancouver
Bloom Dates: Mar 24 to Apr 11
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
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Kitsilano ‘Akebono’
Cornwall at Kits Beach
Bloom Dates: Mar 24 to Apr 11
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
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Hastings-Sunrise ‘Accolade’
East 5th and Lillooet
Bloom Dates: Mar 11 to Mar 29
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise
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West End ‘Accolade’
Chilco mini-park
Bloom Dates: Mar 8 to Mar 26
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End / Stanley Park
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Mount Pleasant ‘Accolade’
Vancouver City Hall
Bloom Dates: Mar 14 to Mar 30
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Mount Pleasant
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Marpole ‘Whitcomb’
Rockpoole Dr, north of 59th
Bloom Dates: Mar 1 to Mar 21
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Marpole
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Kensington-Cedar Cottage ‘Accolade’
Dumfries near E. 33rd Avenue
Bloom Dates: Mar 1 to Mar 21
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kensington-Cedar Cottage
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Sunset ‘Whitcomb’
E. 59th Avenue, east of Main Street
Bloom Dates: Mar 1 to Mar 21
Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Sunset