Akebono cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station are now in full bloom!It’s going to be gorgeous for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Cherry Jam this Thursday April 4th (11.00am-1.30pm)!
This afternoon, before heading to Burrard station, I stopped at T&T (near BC Stadium) to pickup some sushi and dumplings.
T&T is offering a special sakura sushi tray in partnership with the VCBF and they also have a sweet bun festival right now with buns in different shapes like a snowman, hedgehog, frog, Snoopy, etc. These are too cute to resist!
After picking up some goodies, I hopped on the skytrain and headed to Burrard to have a picnic under the blossoms.
At the Burrard station, there were lots of people taking pictures, especially of that single tree that always seems to be in the sunlight.
Around 4.30 pm, the reflection of the setting sun (coming from the surrounding buildings) was coloring the blossoms pink at this location that is almost always in the shade.
Photography tip: don’t be afraid to do some closeups. I just love taking pictures of the sun through the blossoms!
Cherry viewing tip: It’s time to visit! The cherry trees are peaking. If you work Downtown, bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic under the canopy every day this week before the blossoms fall. Remember this important rule of cherry blossom viewing: Never say “tomorrow!”
I’m so glad the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is presenting a new program called Sakura Illumination tour that will feature cherry blossom viewing at night (called yozakura in Japanese).
The Sakura Illumination Tour is a mobile night time installation which will illuminate various cherry blossom sites in public parks and beaches while in full bloom. Stuart Ward of Hfour Design will use projectors and lanterns to illuminate a few trees at a time with his sensory projection artwork. The single night quality reflects the tempo of the blossoms, and their varying bloom times.
The Sakura Illumination Tour will follow the peak bloom of our cherry trees April 4-30, between 8:30pm-10:30pm and is dependent on the weather. Check out the VCBF website for location and showtime or click the picture below.
Enjoy this beautiful walk under cherry blossoms shot March 30, 2013.
Location: behind the Madison Centre (Save-On-Foods) on Rosser Avenue, intersection of Buchanan street, in Burnaby. Two double rows of Akebono cherry trees are in bloom, a short five minute walk from Brentwood skytrain station. Visit before noon to get the best light. The video was filmed at 11.45am.
The Pendula cherry tree is one of the easiest tree to identify thanks to its weeping branches in the shape of a pendula. This Pendula tree is located at Yeovil street (corner of Karen) in Burnaby North and was visible from Halifax street.
The drooping blossoms are characteristics of the Pendula cherry blossoms.
There are so many blossoms on that Pendula tree! It’s absolutely amazing!
Cherry viewing tip: the tree is at its peak. You should visit soon!
Other location: if you don’t live in Burnaby and would like to see a Pendula tree: the VanDusen Garden has several beautiful Pendula cherry trees, including one of the Snow Fountain (white) variety. You can visit them this week-end during Sakura Days Japan Fair (April 6-7 2013)
Did you know? There are over 40 different cultivars of cherry trees in Vancouver. This spring, make sure to visit a specie of cherry tree you’ve never seen before. Check out the VCBF map to find their location and buy the Ornamental cherries in Vancouver guide by Douglas Justice which has been an indispensable tool to help me identify cherry blossoms for this blog.
I hope you’ll have time to enjoy some cherry blossom viewing during the Easter week-end. The weather is just perfect!
These three Accolade cherry trees on Halifax street (corner Moore) in Burnaby North are now at their peak.
With the sun out, it’s the perfect time to take nice pictures at this location.
Photography tip: set your camera on macro and get as close as you can to the blossoms. You might even catch a glimpse at a bee pollinating the cherry blossom! There were several bees hovering around the flowers this afternoon.
Cherry viewing tip: the Accolade cherry blossoms are at their peak. Hurry up!
In Vancouver, it’s that time of the year when plum blossoms and cherry blossoms are blooming at the same time. How can you tell the difference between cherry and plum blossoms? Here are a few pointers:
Cherry blossoms have a small split at the end of each petals.
The bark of the cherry tree often have small horizontal lines on it.
More than one cherry will come out of a cherry bud.
The leaves of cherry trees are green and unfolding.
Plum blossoms don’t have any split at the end of the petals.
There is only one plum blossom coming out of the bud.
Plum blossoms have small purple leaves that are unrolling.
(Although some varieties of white plum blossoms will have small green leaves).
Plum blossoms have a very fragrant smell (they smell “flowery”).
The bark on a plum tree is darker and does not have distinctive horizontal line on it.
Think you got it? Take the test!
Cherry or plum blossoms?
(No split at the end of the petals).
Split at the end of the petals.
Red leaves and no split at the end of the petals.
Horizontal lines on the bark.
Want to learn more? Become a cherry scout.
March 8, 2013
Can you guess how many blossoms came out of that cherry bud?
March 22, 2013
There were actually three Akebono cherry blossoms hidden inside that bud!
I’m not even sure what all the parts of a cherry blossom are called. I’ve registered to the cherry scout program to learn more about these beautiful trees. There will be a free workshop called Blossom Biology on April 11, 2013 offered by Douglas Justice.
Tree Talk (not a Walk) in the evening: Blossom Biology Workshop
- April 11, 2013, Thursday, 7:30pm to 9pm
- Classroom at VanDusen Botanical Garden, in the new building, end of hallway to the left
- Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research
Douglas brings the cherries to you! Learn how to identify our cherry cultivars. Registration is requested for this workshop, as seating is limited.