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Downtown Akebono Blossoms Looking Great

Easter Week-end is always a great time to go cherry blossom viewing in Vancouver. The Akebono cherry trees are in bloom and looking spectacular.

My favorite location is Georgia and Denman which has a beautiful reflective pool:

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At the entrance of Stanley Park, at Alberni, young akebono will allow you to take close-ups:

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Instead of entering Stanley Park (cherry trees in that location always need a few more days to bloom), I opted to wander in the West-End where you can encounter Akebono in bloom at various street corners, such as here in Nelson and Broughton:

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There are lots of buds in the Downtown trees, which means you still have time to visit. They should be in full bloom within 2-3 days.

Attend one of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Tree Talks and Walks to learn more about cherry trees.

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Autumnalis Rosea (winter cherries) on Georgia/Willingdon

On Georgia street you’ll find a dozen Autumnalis Rosea cherry trees spread over five blocks between Willingdon and Gilmore.

Autumnalis Rosea cherry blossoms always look like they just woke up with a massive case of bed hair: their petals are curled inwards. As a consequence, the flowers look a bit messy, but adorable.

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Autumnalis Rosea are winter cherries. They have really tiny flowers scattered on the tree,  so I hope your camera has a good zoom!

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The blossoms that survived winter look tired, but the good news is that when the sun comes out Autumnalis Rosea sometimes have another bloom in spring. Plan to visit on a sunny day, but hurry up: Autumnalis Rosea will be out of season pretty soon.

Check the VCBF Neighborhood maps to locate Autumnalis Rosea and see what else is blooming in your area.

Photos by Jessica Tremblay

You might also like: pictures of this location in 2015

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Cherry Scouts

How to tell the difference between cherry trees and plum trees (infographic)

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This infographic will tell you some of the differences between cherry trees and plum trees. If you wanna know more, check out these other blog posts:

Plum trees versus cherry trees: how to tell the difference and identify them

Cherry versus plum blossoms: What’s the difference 

 

 

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Cherry blossoms in the mist

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Lots of fog this morning. These cherry trees don’t seem to mind.

Photographer’s tip: Don’t hesitate to go out and take pictures of cherry blossoms in the mist. You might be delightfully surprised by the results.

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver (2014 edition)

Cover - Ornamental cherries in Vancouver

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Durante Kreuk Ltd. are pleased to present the new 2014 enlarged edition of the indispensable guide to Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver, written by Douglas Justice, Associate Director & Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden.

This 124-page third limited edition boasts:

  • An additional 19 cultivars, bringing the total to 54 different varieties of flowering cherry trees that can be found in Vancouver neighbourhoods
  • New Japanese index

Purchase online now via PayPal for $30.63 (final price includes 5% tax, shipping and handling fees) or in person at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Shop for $25.00.

Book launch 

Don’t miss the book launch Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Visitor Centre.

Meet Douglas Justice at the Media Book Launch event held at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Visitor Centre, with speeches by Malcolm Bromley, General Manager of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and Consulate General Okada from the Japanese Consul General in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 26, starting at 10am.

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Sakura Days Japan Fair 2013

weeping higan cherry tree at VanDusen April 7 2013

Sakura Days Japan Fair took place at VanDusen Botanical Garden on April 6-7 2013.  It’s a fun festival that celebrates Japanese culture and cherry blossoms. The weeping cherry tree were so beautiful and there were so many activities. Two days were definitely not enough.

VCBF table at Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival table.

Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013 vendors

Vendors booths.

Ikebana at Sakura Days April 7 2013

Ikebana workshop.

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Paper art workshop.

Sakura Days Calligraphy Sakura April 72013

Live calligraphy (featuring the character for sakura, cherry blossoms) by Essence of Shodo.

Tree talk and walk with Ann Eng at VanDusen during Sakura Days Japan Fair 2013

Tree talk and walk with Anne Eng.

Haiku Stone at VanDusen Garden during Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Haiku Rock (in the cherry grove).

Anime Revolution at Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Anime Revolution.

Cherry blossom viewing during Sakura Days Japan Fair April 7 2013

Cherry blossom viewing.

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Autumn Cherry trees by Linda Poole

VCBF Director Linda Poole submitted this beautiful photo of autumn cherry trees in her neighborhood in Vancouver.

Autumn Cherry trees by L.Poole

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower” Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Take a picture of your favorite cherry tree (with its beautiful autumn colors) and share it with us on Facebook.

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Spring versus Autumn cherry trees

Is it true that a single blossom is worth a thousand leaves?

Spring versus Autumn cherry trees

Which one do you like best: cherry blossoms in spring or sakura leaves in autumn?

Vote for your favorite photo (Spring or Autumn) in the comments section (click on the red heart on top right) or on Facebook.

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Spring versus Autumn Cherry Trees

Cherry trees have beautiful colors in both seasons.

Spring versus Autumn cherry trees

Which one is best: branches of cherry blossoms in spring or sakura leaves in autumn? Vote for your favorite photo in the comments section (click on the red heart on top right) or on Facebook.

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Spring versus Autumn cherry trees

If you really had to choose between these two picture, which one would be your favorite: branches of cherry blossoms in spring or sakura leaves in autumn?

Spring versus Autumn cherry tree

Vote for your favorite photo – Spring or Autumn – in the comments section (click on the red heart), or vote on our Facebook page.