When we first moved to Vancouver, I was struck by the ubiquity of cherry trees blooming in a lot more numbers than in Toronto. Vancouver has over 37,000 cherry trees of which some were given by the Japanese government 1930-1950’s from the cities of Kobe and Yokahoma. In commemoration of the Japanese-Canadians who served in World War II, 500 trees were planted. In Vancouver, approximately 11,000 cherry trees are planted on public land.
Many cherry trees do differentiate Vancouver from Toronto where in the latter city, one instead sees and smells
more lilac bushes and trees during spring. I am not even sure where common lilac bushes are in Vancouver. It has been a long time since I have seen the purple or pink plump lilac candle bunches of starry florets.
Even though warmer winter temperatures this year were not the best for the Olympics here, it did encourage early bursts of cherry blossoms here and there. Since late February, we are enjoying according to Nature’s staggered timing, a longer city-wide sweep of pink-white cherry blossoms. You just need to follow the pink floral cascades along some roads.
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Tokyo Green Space Blog. To see their cherry blossom blog posts and some photos, click on “cherry” in the blog’s right-hand side under “TAGS”. Or browse through their Apr. 2010 posts. Some posts refer to “sakura” , which is “cherry blossom” in Japanese.