Spring has sprung!
As the days get longer and warmer, the stunning cherry blossoms will soon be in season here in Vancouver!
We’ve gathered some interesting facts about cherry blossoms, as well as some stunning places to see their blooms in and around Vancouver!
1. Did you know that Cherry blossoms are a symbol of spring and renewal in Japanese culture?
These flowers and their short blooming season represent the beauty and brevity of life and have spawned many customs in Japan. One in particular, Hanami, involves loved ones gathering outside to look at these beautiful blooms. (source)
2. Not only do cherry blossoms look pretty, they smell great too!
Did you know that Cherry Blossoms make up one of the best-selling fragrances in North America? People can’t get enough of the delicious scent of cherry blossoms, and every year about thirty million units of Bath and Body Works’ Japanese Cherry Blossom perfume are sold in the United States! (source)
3. Cherry blossom stems and flowers are edible!
Cherry Blossoms are completely edible, and are made into tons of different food and snacks in Japan! Also called Sakura, every year the cherry blossomed themed snacks and decorations go up just before the flowers themselves start to bloom. (source)
4. There are hundreds of varieties of cherry blossoms!
In Japan in particular there is said to be more than 600 types of cherry blossoms. Some of these trees bear fruit, while others don’t. Many trees flowers change colours while blossoming, from dark to light pink, or from green to white to pink! There’s also a specific variety called Kanzan which was bred to have “double blossoms” and creates a much fuller flower. (source)
5. There’s a cherry tree made out of LEGO.
It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records, made of over 800,000 bricks and weighing over 7,000 pounds. It lives in Nagoya, Japan, and stands at 14 feet tall. (source)
Watch it being made in this neat time-lapse:
Where to see Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
There are lots of places around Vancouver where you can spot these beautiful trees! If you fancy a trek in the Greater Vancouver Area, there are plenty of wonderful sights to see. Here are some to start off with:
- VanDusen Botanical Gardens, where you can see multiple different varieties and hundreds of other beautiful flowers
- UBC Botanical Gardens, which boasts a traditional Japanese garden as well as the David C. Lam Asian Gardens
- Burrard Skytrain Station
- Granville Plaza
- Akali Singh Sikh Temple
- Stanley Park
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Jones Road in Richmond
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has an amazing page where they showcase trees that are in bloom right now, as well as a map of their favourite hotspots to check out:
You can also check out Tourism Vancouver for some great guides to cherry blossom-themed festivals and the best spots to view the flowers.