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  1. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Without the trees, what a concrete jungle left to view. Thank goodness for the cherry blossom and under planting !!
     
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    yaletowner Active Member 10 Years

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    The Shirotae, Rancho and Akebono around Helmcken Park (Pacific Blvd & Cambie St) are all nicely in bloom as the most convenient place in Yaletown to see 3 different types of cherry blossoms at once.
     
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    Photo today near The Bayshore - see map fr phone

    They look like happy sibling twins

    Name of trees?

    EDIT: location is approx 1799 West Georgia (just east of Denman) at the reflecting pool (floating petals would be stunning photo w a “better than a phone camera”!). The tree branches are stunning.
     

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    These 'Akebono' have been posted many times in the Downtown thread, where I have moved this posting, as Georgia Street is the border between this and the West End. This little park area belongs to the buildings, but they were required to keep that space a public park.
    Almost all my photos are taken with my phone camera. A little bright sunshine would help.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I'm happy to have landed in Downtown, to remind me to post a link to what the festival is calling a teaser film to promote one of their events:
    The Short Film: In Full Bloom features the 'Akebono' trees at Granville Square. 41 seconds.
    Short Film: In Full Bloom - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (vcbf.ca)
     
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    yaletowner Active Member 10 Years

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    Four Ukon remain to provide another nice display.

    From 2018:
     
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    yaletowner Active Member 10 Years

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    COV is adding to the Kanzan on this street.
     
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    yaletowner Active Member 10 Years

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    These Kanzan on Beatty Walk are showing just about the same time as last year or maybe a few days later. Meanwhile there is a few nice Kanzan now on the seawall by the Crestmark1 Strata right by the new Biennale sculpture "The Proud Youth". Crowds out enjoying the warm weather this weekend also have a good display of pink blossoms to replace the Yaletown neighborhood mostly fallen white Akebono blossoms.
     

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    Oh I like how they keep the ID labels over there.
     
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    Hi there, I’m hoping to explore cherry blossoms more cherry blossoms and saw this posted online but location wasn’t shared. Does anyone know where this is? :-) I appreciate your help!
     

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I've had a suggestion that it could be David Lam Park. But those trees would be finished by now. Still, I'm going to move this posting to the thread for that neighbourhood.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    There are five trees still there! I found them protected by fencing last year, though I don't seem to have posted anything about them; maybe it was a private message. None of the ones at the street are there, but five of the ones between the buildings at the lane have been spared. They have a strange shape for 'Shiro-fugen', tall and gangly, not wide-spreading. It's quite a dark area.
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    I seem to post this nice little pocket park every year on the north side of Georgia just west of Bute, with 10 'Shiro-fugen' and 2 'Shogetsu' (the white flowers).
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    A selection of views of the Yaletown cherry trees at Halloween.
     
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    The lone ‘Whitcomb’ at the end of Davie Street in Coal Harbour has a few pretty pink blossoms.
    I fear for them in this cold weather.

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    I'm having trouble with the yearly first flower at Burrard Station photo this year. There was a single flower that I was unable to photograph on February 22 (I remember it was "twos-day"), but it was such an outlier, with nothing around it being at all developed that it didn't seem right to consider it. And now, when things are really developing, there has not been anything fully open. I originally deleted this photo, but decided I had to include it. It might take the lame photo prize.
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    Here are what a lot of the flowers are like - almost puffy pale buds, pedicels 2cm.
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    Here is a tree in the same location that has had a presumably dead branch removed, but these turkey tail fungus (I think) indicate that there is more dead material in this tree.
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    All these trees are displaying pink buds about to burst into a white blossom forest once the rains stop and the sun returns. Apparently they know they are the focus for the big launch event coming up in a couple weeks.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Five days later, Burrard Station (Art Phillips Park) trees are open enough for photos.
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    I confess to not knowing the story of this younger tree off by itself, called the festival tree. There was an older tree there, which was removed for some never discovered reason, and the Park Board replaced it with this one, which looks lovely and is a day or two ahead of the others in bloom.
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    That was all very nice and pretty, but these Burrard Station 'Akebono' trees are not in the best of health. I posted a turkey tail fungus on one of them last week. The tree on the corner at Burrard is very close to dead. And many of them are missing limbs and have cankers. Here's a rogue's gallery.
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    These blossoms in Coopers Park are back in fine form. (I just had to add a pic from above on the west Cambie Bridge walkway. These are in glorious bloom now!)

     

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    Emery Barnes Park blossoms look nice today

     

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I'm trying to decide if these should be a festival favourite. Would you be happy to have bussed across town to photograph these? Your photo makes them look very nice.
     
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    No, I would not want to travel to far for these three BUT they are quite enjoyed by many already in this busy Yaletown seawall location. Those coming for the launch event on April 2 at David Lam Park might enjoy a seawall walk east to check them out and by then the row of Akebono by the seawall townhomes should be nicely in bloom too. Helmcken Park might be nice for something different than Akebono (Shirotae).
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks. Egan Davis is leading the two walks from the April 2 Big Picnic - he won't have any trouble finding things to talk about. If you notice the 'Shirotae' in bloom before the picnic, you could let me know.
     
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    yaletowner Active Member 10 Years

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    The Shirotae are already starting but the big old trees don't seem to be as spectacularly bountiful as the younger smaller Akebono. Will have photos soon.
    Ok, here are photos of the old Shirotae trees in blossom. Every year they fool me into thinking they look so sparse and sad only to become spectacular for a brief day or so at some point a week or two later.

    The interesting thing about this park is that there are actually 3 varieties blooming there at the same time. Well actually the glorious old Akebono is in the back courtyard of Yaletown House but the public can only view it from inside the park. The two Rancho are relatively young trees on the street corner outside the park and are surviving now. They might do better once more ICE vehicles get replaced by EV's and maybe when the climate change issue gets fixed (less variable climate - summer heat, winter cold, winds, air pollution but then humans might do better too :)
     
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