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How to use the Neighborhood Maps

Using the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Neighborhood maps for the first time can be intimidating.  Here are some tips.

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Let’s say you want to go cherry blossom viewing in Vancouver and want to know which cherry trees are blooming now in your neighborhood:

  • Go to: http://www.vcbf.ca/maps/Map.html  The map will open, showing trees that are blooming now.
  • Click on Neighborhood to see which trees are blooming in your neighborhood.
  • Select a location or a type of tree (cultivar). A bubble with a photo of the tree and location will pop up on the map.
  • Click on See forum postings. You’ll be directed to the UBC Forum where you can find more information and pictures about the tree.

When I saw on the map that there was an Okame cherry tree blooming in my neighborhood – and I had never seen and Okame cherry tree before – I took my bike and immediately went to visit this beautiful tree.

Discover new types of cherry trees

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Perhaps you would like to see an Accolade,  or a A Whitcomb? The neighborhood map can help you find various types of cherry trees:

  • Click on Cultivars to discover a new type of cherry trees and see its location.

There are 54 varieties of cherry blossoms in Vancouver. They’re all worth a visit. Try to discover at least 5 different cherry trees every spring. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Tips

Still think the neighborhood maps are too complicated?  Visit our Blooming Now page to keep up-to-date with what’s blooming in Vancouver and see a list of of the festival’s favorites that are currently in bloom.  It’s that easy!  No maps involved!

 

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Accolade cherry tree (Broadway and McLean)

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The blossoms have just opened on this Accolade cherry tree, located on Broadway and McLean.

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At the beginning of spring, it’s fascinating to observe how Accolade cherry buds turn into blossoms.

 

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Accolade cherry buds start bright pink, but when the flowers open, they get more pale. In this picture, you can see the various shades of pink – from the bud (dark) to the blossom (pale).

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This newly-opened blossom has a major case of “bed hair” — the petals curl up a bit – but it’s so adorable!  Once opened, Accolade blossoms turn pale pink. You can still see a bit of dark pink at the edge of the petals on this photo. Proof that this blossom is very young and was still a dark pink bud yesterday.

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Accolade cherry blossoms are my favorite flowers to photograph. The flowers are quite big and on a sunny day, they give you the best photo opportunity. Too bad it was cloudy during my visit.

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Accolades are the second cultivars of cherry trees to open in Vancouver in the spring , right after the Whitcombs.  Since at the beginning of spring, there are only two cultivars of cherry trees blooming, it’s easy to identify them: the Accolades have large pale pink blossoms, the Whitcombs have small dark pink blossoms.

For more information about Accolade and other Vancouver cherry trees, check out the 2014 guide to Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver.

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Photo tip: there are two Accolade cherry trees at this location.  The branches crawl up towards an apartment building, so it’s not a good location for wide shots.  The branches have very few blossoms, but there are plenty of opportunities for good close-ups, especially if you go now, to capture the buds.

Accolades blossoms look their best when they just opened. For best results, visit this location within 2-3 days.The tree should be in bloom for another 7-10 days, but then you shouldn’t expect much.

Is it a good spot for hanami picnic? No. The trees are on a private property with a fence and next to the busy Broadway street.

Find Accolade cherry trees in your area on our neighborhood maps.

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Viburnum x bodnantense (NOT cherry blossoms)

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Beware: these are viburnum x bodnantense (NOT cherry blossoms).
Photo by Meighan Makarchuk. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

 

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If you’ve spotted a shrub filled with these pink flowers in Vancouver, this January, don’t be too quick to label them “cherry blossoms”. They are not. These are called viburnum x bodnantense and they grow on a shrub (not a tree). Viburnum x bodnantense are very fragrant, and the flowers are single and in larger bunches of flowers.

The only ornamental cherry trees blooming now are Autumnalis Rosea.   (Some flowers have been spotted on ‘Whitcomb’ and on ‘Accolade’, but it’s too soon to consider these “in bloom” yet)