It’s that time of year again when Vancouver shows off its best blossoms. We were gifted with a couple of sunny days when the blossoms decorated the streets in all directions. Unfortunately today it is bucketing it down with rain, so most of these fluffy pink flowers will be soggy.
Yesterday I took a super-long, winding route home to go and view some of the blossoms before they drop their petals in the rain. None of the blossoms in this post were in parks or botanical gardens, they were just lining residential streets.
Vancouver’s Best Blossoms – Sakura
I blooming love cherry blossoms. They are often white, rather than pink, but they are just sooo pretty when you stand underneath them and look up at the sky.
Vancouver blossom varieties
If you look closely at the blossoms, there are sooo many different types of cherry blossoms in Vancouver. I didn’t know many of these, so I have looked at photos online and made my best guesses. I found a list of types of trees from the US NPS service here, and a guide to Japanese varieties here.
This gorgeous (possibly yamazakura) tree was on the corner of 18th Ave and Discovery street.
Follow blossom-filled bike lanes
Quite a few of the prettiest streets were actually along Vancouver’s bike lanes. The next photos were on the Ridgeway cycle route at Quesnel drive, then on Cypress street and Angus drive.
Vancouver’s Best Blossoms – Magnolias
Don’t forget to look out for all the magnolia trees as well! I found several streets lined with sweet smelling magnolia blossoms (and I worked out their names from this website.) The loebner magnolia with it’s pink shaggy flowers is pretty awesome.
I loooved this street on 21st Avenue and Blenheim. The ground was covered in snow-like petals and it smelled wonderful. I think this was kobus magnolia.
This saucer magnolia (on 22nd Avenue near Main street) might be my favorite.
Vancouver blossom close ups
Back to the cherry blossoms, this tree on Quesnel drive was a delicate pink with single petals. Isn’t it lovely!? I think it might be Takesimensis cherry tree.
This was a close up of the flowers on the Ridgeway cycle lane. I think it might be yamazakura – like the flowers in Yoshino!
My favorite was this super fluffy-looking tree. I think it is kanzan cherry tree. This one was on Angus drive on 36th Avenue.
Blossoms won’t last long!
Vancouver’s Best Blossoms actually come in several waves. These first trees are in bloom now, but I could see quite a few trees that were only just starting to show their pink buds. The rain may have spoiled the trees that I photographed yesterday, but hopefully they’ll be some more popping out in the next few weeks.
All of this was from one journey home from work. My normal 50 minute commute took 2 hours as I wiggled my way to see patches of blossoms on my bike.