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.
Beautiful later blossoms of Kanzan from East Vancouver with the mountains of the North Shore in the background.
This is an amazing blossom tunnel in East Vancouver that attracted many fascinated people on this beautiful Spring day.
Cumulus clouds and cherry blossoms near the fountain at Queen Elizabeth Park.
A kitten perhaps enjoying the beautiful blossoms?
I just loved the sky here on a beautiful evening in North Burnaby.
On the same evening and street in North Burnaby, looking toward Metrotown.
Back to East Vancouver and the sunrise behind the cherry blossoms.
After the rain… a recently fallen cherry blossom.
Not exactly in Vancouver but in Bradner, famous for its daffodil festival. I believe this is a plum blossom in front of a field of daffodils (I’m sure about the daffodils).
Kanzan blossoms and Mount Seymour, taken from Vancouver.
A whole lot of brightness here… Blossoms on blossoms and blue sky.
I wasn’t the only one who thought this cherry blossom tunnel in East Vancouver was amazing!
Further into the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver… plum blossoms and Mount Cheam from Agassiz.
Magnolia on cherry blossoms in Vancouver.
Blossoms and Burnaby… can’t forget the beautiful evening sky too.
Love the colours on this gorgeous cherry blossom tunnel in Vancouver.
Blossoms in the glow of the sunset.
Mountains of the North Shore and Kanzan blossoms in East Vancouver.
Cherry blossoms near sunset, Burnaby.
Blossoms under cumulus skies, Queen Elizabeth Park.
Plum blossoms and cumulus skies.
I woke up early for this shot at sunrise with the blossoms in East Vancouver.
One more of Burnaby through the blossoms.
One of the famous Cherry Blossom trees at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. That’s me, by the way 🙂
After a good look around the cherry blossoms, the kitten leaves for home.
It’s time for me to go home too, or, at least, to say goodbye. I hope you enjoyed the cherry and plum blossoms of Vancouver. Thanks for visiting 🙂
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