Starting in February, Vancouver, Canada explodes with a vibrance of colour from many Spring flowers. For many residents and visitors, it’s the plum and cherry blossoms that are most awaited. As the city awakens after a usual dull and rainy late Autumn and Winter, the blossom trees are not hard to find. There are an estimated 40,000 cherry blossom trees in Vancouver with most being planted after the mid-twentieth century when the traditional, and very large, elms, oaks, and maples were replaced.
One of the most important moments of Vancouver history from a flora perspective happened in the 1930s, when the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama, Japan gave the city a gift of 500 cherry blossom trees. After that, the people of Vancouver fell in love with the cherry blossoms and planted them in parks, in front of homes, and along streets where the old trees once stood. With a lot of driving and some word-of-mouth, I discovered many beautiful streets in Vancouver, and saw some of the best blossom tunnels to be found anywhere. I wasn’t the only one, and, at times, would be among dozens of others at my favourite cherry blossom tunnel in East Vancouver.
For some who refer to a Japanese cherry blossom tree are actually looking at a plum. I’m a little confused myself so feel free to correct me when I’m wrong in the comments below. I often took the easy way out and just identified the trees as “blossoms.” I’ll work on my tree identification this year. Now, please join me on “Scenes of Sakura, Plum and Cherry Blossoms of Vancouver.”
No, it isn’t snow, but blossom petals. Taken on my favourite cherry blossom street in East Vancouver.