October 27, 2016 – No cherries right now look anything like the artwork featured below, but if you’re the excitable type, there are flowers to be seen! Here are cherry scout Shirley Willard’s photos: some way too early ‘Accolade’ blossoms at the Chilco mini-park in the West End, and ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ at Lost Lagoon. Same time as last year, but more flowers this year.

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Blossom photos that have been featured here and on the festival blog are being collected in our Blossoms Photo Gallery (you can navigate to it from the About pages). Photo names have the date, location, cultivar and photographer name. For the winter, we’ll leave you with some artwork. Here is a painting by Jan Poynter, whose design was used on the Canadian Mint’s cherry blossom coin.

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You can still amuse yourself on our festival map checking out locations of trees we know in your neighbourhood. You can even practice trying to recognize the different cultivars just by their leaves and tree shape, then check them on the map to see what we think they are.

Festival Favourites in bloom

No trees are really “in bloom”, the blossom photos at the top of this page notwithstanding.

Festival Favourites no longer in bloom

For the record, these are cherries that were featured here this year but are no longer in bloom.

20160429 SFU Shirofugen Willard_8436 Burnaby ‘Shiro-fugen

Simon Fraser University, at the Quad
Bloom Dates: April 6 – May 3

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Burnaby
20160407 WilliamWGarden Kanzan,Kiku-zakura Willard_0076 Grandview-Woodland ‘Kiku-zakura’

William, west of Garden, with ‘Kanzan’ no longer in bloom
Bloom Dates: April 6 – May 3

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Grandview-Woodland
20160408 24thWallaceE Shirofugen Willard_0277 Dunbar ‘Shiro-fugen’

West 24th, Highbury to Wallace
Bloom Dates: April 5 – April 25

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Dunbar
20160407_WatermaniaSteveston_Shirofugen _Nadia-9 Richmond ‘Shiro-fugen’

Watermania in Steveston
Bloom Dates: April 5 – April 25

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Richmond
20160409_StPatrick_Kanzan_JCondie_IMG_0193 New Westminster ‘Kanzan’

St. Patrick Street, off 3rd Street
Bloom Dates: April 2 – April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for New Westminster
20160409 E51stRossW Avium Plena Willard_0524 Sunset avium ‘Plena’

East 51st from Ross to Fraser
Bloom Dates: April 5 – April 22

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Sunset
20160409 InvernessE45thN Kanzan Willard_0629 Sunset ‘Kanzan’

Inverness from 41st to 45th
Bloom Dates: April 2 – April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Sunset
20160405 1386Nicola Shirofugen Willard_0560 (1) West End ‘Shiro-fugen’

Nicola at Beach Ave
Bloom Dates: April 5 – April 21

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End/Stanley Park
20160407 RenfrewTriumph AviumPlena Willard_0715 Hastings-Sunrise avium ‘Plena’

Renfrew, Dundas to Hastings
Bloom Dates: April 5 – April 22

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise
20160407 2420Dollarton Kanzan Willard_0691 North Vancouver ‘Kanzan’

2420 Dollarton Highway
Bloom Dates: April 2 – April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for North Vancouver
20160404 DavieBidwellE Kanzan Willard_0304 West End ‘Kanzan’

Davie Street, east of Bidwell
Bloom Dates: March 29- April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End/Stanley Park
20160404 TaylorWay Kanzan Willard_0286 West Vancouver ‘Kanzan’

Taylor Way, north of Highway 1
Bloom Dates: April 2 – April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West Vancouver
20160404 12thKamloops Kanzan Willard_0391 Renfrew-Collingwood ‘Kanzan’

E12th between Nanaimo and Penticton
Bloom Dates: April 2 – April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Renfrew-Collingwood
20160404 CharlesSalisburyE Kanzan Willard_0320 Grandview-Woodland ‘Kanzan’

Charles, east and west of Salisbury
Bloom Dates: March 29- April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Grandview-Woodland
20160407 MtnViewCem Kanzan Willard_0193 Riley Park ‘Kanzan’

Mountanview Cemetery
Bloom Dates: April 2- April 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Riley Park
20160401 QEPark Ukon Willard_0023 Riley Park ‘Ukon’

Queen Elizabeth Park – 33rd and Ontario entrance
Bloom Dates: March 25- April 9

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Riley Park
20160325 UBCBotanicalGarden TaiHaku Willard_0137 UBC ‘Tai-haku’

UBC Botanical Garden
Bloom Dates: March 20- April 6

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for UBC
20160401_BCIT_Shirotae_Nadia8 Burnaby ‘Shirotae’

BCIT SW12 building
Bloom Dates: March 29- April 11

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Burnaby
20160328_7AveFourthStr_Washi-no-o_Nadia New Westminster ‘Wash-i-no-o’

7th Avenue near Fourth Street
Bloom Dates: March 20- April 3

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for New Westminster
20160327 LostLagoon Shirotae Willard_0537 West End/Stanley Park ‘Shirotae’

Lost Lagoon – Stanley Park
Bloom Dates: March 13- March 26

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End/Stanley Park
20160322_BurrardCornwall_Tai-haku_Cutler_152316 Kitsilano ‘Tai-haku’

Burrard and Cornwall, across from the armory
Bloom Dates: March 20- April 2

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
20160317_10thHeather_Shirotae_AndyP_IMG_0168 Fairview ‘Shirotae’

10th and Heather
Bloom Dates: March 15 – April 4

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Fairview
20160324 JapaneseMonumentPath Shirotae Willard_0572 West End / Stanley Park ‘Shirotae’

Japanese Memorial near the zoo
Bloom Dates: March 13 – March 26

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End / Stanley Park
20160325_Mt BurnabyPicnic Area_Akebono_Nadia Burnaby ‘Somei-yoshino’

Horizons Restaurant on Burnaby Mountain
Bloom Dates: March 11 – March 31

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Burnaby
20160325 GravelyELillooet Akebono Willard_0271wc Hastings-Sunrise ‘Akebono’

Graveley and Lillooet
Bloom Dates: March 15 – March 29

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise
20160325 6thEPenticton Akebono Willard_0263 Hastings-Sunrise ‘Akebono’

6th and Penticton
Bloom Dates: March 15 – March 29

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise
20160313_OppenheimerPark_Akebono_LouisaLo_highres_447861504 Strathcona ‘Akebono’

Oppenheimer Park at 400 E Cordova
Bloom Dates: March 15 – March 26

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Strathcona
20160307_Kingsway_Accolade_Nadia-p2 Burnaby ‘Accolade’

Metrotown near overpass at Kingsway
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Burnaby
20160306 JonesRDStAlban Pandora Willard_0040 Richmond ‘Pandora’

8655 Jones Road, east of St. Albans Road
Bloom Dates: March 3 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Richmond
20160304 MelvilleBurrard Akebono Willard_1182 (1) Downtown ‘Akebono’

Burrard Skytrain Station
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 20

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Downtown
20160305 E5thNootka Accolade Willard_1468 Hastings-Sunrise ‘Accolade’

East 5th, from Nootka to Lillooet
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Hastings-Sunrise
20160306_ChilcoComox_Accolade_Cutler_122502 West End / Stanley Park ‘Accolade’

Chilco and Comox
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for West End / Stanley Park
20160305 PenderPrincess Accolade Willard_1370 Strathcona ‘Accolade’

Pender, from Princess to Campbell
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Strathcona
20160305 CharlesTempleton Accolade Willard_1485 Grandview-Woodland ‘Accolade’

Charles, east of Templeton
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Grandview-Woodland
20160305_61stManitoba_Accolade_Cutler_155124 Marpole ‘Accolade’

West 61st from Manitoba to Ontario
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Marpole
20160305_Laurel19th_Accolade_Cutler_173457 South Cambie ‘Accolade’

Laurel and 19th
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for South Cambie
20160305_W6thArbutus_Pandora_Cutler_140127 Kitsilano ‘Pandora’

West 6th Avenue, west of Arbutus
Bloom Dates: March 3 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kitsilano
20160305_Arbutus51st_Pandora_Cutler_145312 Kerrisdale ‘Pandora’

Arbutus at West 51st
Bloom Dates: March 3 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kerrisdale
20160305_50thMarineCr_Accolade_Cutler_152531 Kerrisdale ‘Accolade’

West 50th and Marine Crescent
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Kerrisdale
20160305 VanCityHall Accolade Willard_1414 Mount Pleasant ‘Accolade’

Vancouver City Hall, 12th and Cambie, north side of the building
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 18

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Mount Pleasant
20160312_GeorgiaDenman_Akebono_Blumenthal_600_447761099 Downtown ‘Akebono’

Georgia and Denman
Bloom Dates: March 5 – March 20

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Downtown
20160305_Ash49th_Whitcomb_Cutler_154101 Oakridge ‘Whitcomb’

Tisdall Park, Ash at 49th
Bloom Dates: February 22 – March 8

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Oakridge
20160229 LansdowneRDArcadia Whitcomb Willard_0215 Richmond ‘Whitcomb’

Lansdowne Road near Arcadia
Bloom Dates: February 22 – March 8

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Richmond
20160223 E15Sophia Whitcomb Willard_0117 Mount Pleasant ‘Whitcomb’

Tea Swamp Park, 15th and Sophia
Bloom Dates: February 22 – March 8

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Mount Pleasant
20160223 VictoriaE5thAve Whitcomb Willard_0079 Grandview-Woodland ‘Whitcomb’

McSpadden Park, Victoria and 5th
Bloom Dates: February 22 – March 8

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Grandview-Woodland
20160220_CliveMcHardy_Whitcomb_JosephLin_DSC_0424 Renfrew-Collingwood ‘Whitcomb’

Clive between Spencer and McHardy
Bloom Dates: February 22 – March 8

Read more at the UBC Botanical Garden Forums Blog for Renfrew-Collingwood