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Star cherry blossoms (“Stellata”) are open near the duck pond at Queen Elizabeth park.

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You can recognize Stellata cherry blossoms by the petals that are rolling to form soft points (just like a star!)

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Because the petals are rolling in,  the blossoms have a triangular shape when viewed from the side.  Be careful not to mistake them for Whitcomb or Okame… which both come earlier in the season).

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The star cherry is a little bit off the path and there are only two branches blooming, so it would be easy to miss.  To find the star cherry, follow these instructions:

  • go around the duck pond
  • walk past the 4 white Uminko cherry trees
  • continue walking until you reach the three small yae-beni-shidare (weeping cherry trees)
  • turn left and walk about 20 meters. The star cherry is in the corner, in the shade, next to the path.

 

If you’ve never seen a stellata, visit this location in the next week.

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To learn more about the star cherry (and 53 other varieties of cherry trees in Vancouver), check out Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver.