Cherry Blossom’s at UBC

The cherry blossom tree, called ‘sakura’ in Japanese, is a sight to behold when in full glorious bloom at UBC and across Vancouver. There are hundred’s of varieties of cherry blossom trees, and while most of them produce flowering branches full of small, delicate pinkish-hued flowers, some of them actually do produce actual cherries! Japan has a wide variety of sakura with well over 200 cultivars can be found there. The most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan is the Somei Yoshino. Its flowers are nearly pure white, tinged with the palest pink, especially near the stem. Most Japanese schools and public buildings have cherry blossom trees outside of them. Since the fiscal and school year both begin in April, the first day of work or school coincides with the cherry blossom season lending even more significance.

Cherry Blossom's at UBC Inspirations

Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back thousands of years. When Japanese people come together to view the cherry blossom trees and celebrate their beauty, they aren’t just thinking about the flowers themselves, but also about the larger meaning and deep cultural tradition imparted by the cherry blossoms. During the sakura season, people like to have cherry blossom parties with colleagues, friends, and family where they enjoy eating, drinking, and barbecuing . This special party is called hanami. Hanami literally means “watching blossoms” and is a chance to enjoy beauty of the sakura with old and new friends.

Cherry Blossom's at UBC Inspirations

In Metro Vancouver there are about 40,000 flowering cherry trees made up of 50 different cultivars that come into bloom, dazzling the city with fleeting flowering beauty over several weeks. With multiple varieties and a temperate climate, they begin to bloom in February yearly and peak in April. The thousands of cherry trees line many streets and in many parks, including Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park. Vancouver also holds the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival every year.

The University of British Columbia has several different sakura cultivars scattered across the large campus. Two notable areas are Wycliffe Road which has one city block of sakura from Wycliffe Road starting from Allison Road to Acadia Road. Close by, UBC’s Regent College has about 60 young trees planted around the perimeter of the building located at 5800 University Boulevard at the corner of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall.

Cherry Blossom's at UBC Inspirations

The cherry blossom’s at UBC blooming dates are based on the dates from 2016 and may not be an accurate prediction for the coming year. The following list is inspired by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website‘s Cherry blossom map which has over 2,100 locations in the map database.

CultivarLocationEstimated Blooming
AccoladeMain Mall and Stores, outside the Barn04/01-04/12
Ama-no-gawaUniversity at Main Mall04/29-05/08
Autumnalis RoseaChancellor Blvd near Theology Mall01/31-02/25
Autumnalis RoseaUBC North Parkade, north of SUB01/31-02/25
KanzanChancellor Blvd near Allison05/02-05/13
KanzanWest Mall05/02-05/13
OjochinNitobe Garden04/30-05/03
OkameFraser Parkade04/07-04/17
Shiro-fugenUniversity at Main Mall05/05-05/25
ShirotaeFraser Parkade04/14-04/22
ShirotaeRegent College04/14-04/22
ShogetsuNitobe Garden05/02-05/13
ShogetsuWalter Gage Road05/02-05/13
Somei-yoshinoChan Centre04/05-04/18
Somei-yoshinoLower Mall04/05-04/18
Tai-hakuUBC at International House04/19-04/27
Tai-hakuUBC Botanical Garden Entrance04/19-04/27
Tai-hakuUBC on University at East Mall04/19-04/27
Tai-hakuUBC on Walter Gage Road04/19-04/27
Tai-hakuUBC outside SUB on mound04/19-04/27
Taki-nioiNitobe Garden05/01-05/08
KanzanChancellor Blvd at Blanca05/02-05/13
O-yama-zakuraUBC Botanical Garden04/08-04/16
Shirotae16th w of Blanca on median04/14-04/22
AkebonoAsian Centre, few small trees04/09-04/20
Kiku-shidare-zakuraCollege Highroad west of Adelaide 1 tree05/01-05/06
AkebonoAgronomy between Main Mall and East Mall04/09-04/20
Shiro-fugenWest Mall south of Bio Sciences Rd05/05-05/25
AkebonoDavid Lam Learning Centre, Main Mall and Agricultural Rd04/09-04/20
AccoladeChancellor and Wesbrook04/01-04/12
Shiro-fugenNitobe Memorial Garden05/05-05/25
Shiro-fugenMarine Dr at Marine Drive Towers05/05-05/25
Shidare-zakuraAcadia and University04/10-04/25
KanzanUniversity Blvd05/02-05/13
KanzanUBC Golf Course05/02-05/13
Birch Bark CherryUBC Botanical Garden05/14-05/16
Autumnalis RoseaBio Sciences Rd at East Mall01/31-02/25
Autumnalis RoseaNW Marine Drive01/31-02/25
WhitcombAgricultural Road west of Main Mall03/30-04/08
AkebonoSt. John's College04/09-04/20
AkebonoThunderbird Blvd at Jim Taylor Park04/09-04/20
AkebonoThunderbird Blvd and West Mall04/09-04/20
Somei-yoshinoAgronomy Road in front of Stadium04/05-04/18
ShirotaeThunderbird blvd and Larkin Dr04/14-04/22
ShirotaeMarine Dr.04/14-04/22
UkonMarine Dr.04/24-05/04
Shirotae16 Ave04/14-04/22
Shiro-fugenOld Library at UBC.05/05-05/25
KanzanAcadia Rd from Chancellor to University Blvd05/02-05/13
Somei-yoshinoNitobe Memorial Garden04/05-04/18
Birch Bark Cherry6804 The University of British Columbia05/14-05/16
Rancho2848 The University of British Columbia04/13-04/15
Akebono5835 Hampton Pl04/09-04/20
Akebono2700 E Mall04/09-04/20
Tai-haku5639 Hampton Pl04/19-04/27
Akebono1928-1972,1919-1955 Linden Crescent04/09-04/20
Shirotae1928-1972,1919-1955 Linden Crescent04/14-04/22
Shirotae5605-5615 Hampton Pl04/14-04/22
Shirotae2896 Acadia Rd04/14-04/22
Accolade2707 Tennis Crescent04/01-04/12
Akebono2707 Tennis Crescent04/09-04/20
Ama-no-gawa5868 Agronomy Rd04/29-05/08
Cherry blossom (sakura) locations around the University of British Columbia campus and neighborhoods

 

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