Floral fireworks: 22 photos of beautiful cherry blossoms in Vancouver

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After an early start, flowering trees across the Metro Vancouver region are now entering the full bloom stage. Streets and many parks are exploding with colours of white and pink, and in some areas the density of the trees have formed a thick flowery canopy.

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Cherry blossoms typically begin blooming in March, with the phenomenon reaching peak bloom in early or mid-April – when 70 per cent of blossoms are open. According to a local horticulturalists, many trees are expected to reach full bloom (not to be confused for peak bloom) in mid-March, just in time for spring break.

But this process can begin earlier if the weather conditions are right, if there are consecutive days of sun and when temperatures reach 10°C or over.

It should also be noted that there are a significant number of plum trees in the city, and they typically bloom earlier than the cherry variety. Within the City of Vancouver, there are 90,000 floral trees in streets and parks, and nearly half of these trees are the Japanese cherry variety.

Image: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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To celebrate this year’s natural phenomenon, organizers of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival have a number of major events lined up over the next few weeks, including a nighttime light show illumination of cherry blossoms trees at Queen Elizabeth Park on March 26 and a cherry blossom barge flotilla in Burrard Inlet and False Creek on the weekend of April 16 and 17.

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Check out last year’s Vancity Buzz guide for where to see large clusters of cherry blossom blooms in Metro Vancouver.

Here are 22 photos of early cherry blossoms in Vancouver:

Before the wind. A photo posted by Mayette. (@missmayette) on

A Canopy of Cherry Blossoms #vancouver A photo posted by Spencer Finlay (@spencerfinlayphotography) on

  Cherry blossom selfie   A photo posted by Loki the Corgi (@lokistagram) on

It’s officially allergy season in #EastVan.

A photo posted by Chris Bruntlett (@modacitylife) on

Apparently this is where I live. #discoverbc #vancitybuzz #vancity

A photo posted by Ben Glassco (@benglassco) on

It’s officially spring in vancity #vancitybuzz

A photo posted by @babieangie on

  things that make a great photo is symmetry because inside we are all a little OCD #VancityBuzz #cherryblossoms   A photo posted by Ted Lee (@teddy2423) on

  Vancouver streets are busy with photographers taking pictures of blooming cherry blossoms. #vancouver #cherryblossoms   A photo posted by Spencer Finlay (@spencerfinlayphotography) on

Sunday morning before Sunrise at the Burrard Station in Vancouver

A photo posted by m1i1k1e1 (@m1i1k1e1) on

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