The City of Vancouver has been known for its thousands upon thousands of Japanese flowering cherry and plum trees. Over the decades, these mono-growths have been increasingly challenged by disease and old age. The city is now slowly replacing them with more hardy, non-flowering trees, but we can still find many residential blocks in glorious bloom throughout our languorous spring. By March 6th of this year, the first trees were covered with blossoms. These earliest trees tend to have smaller flowers which are white, tinged with delicate shades of light pink. A few weeks from now, trees with larger darker blossoms will predominate.