Originally Posted by WarrenC12
Cherry trees look good for about 3 weeks a year. Then when the flowers go brown and fall off they create a slippery gross mess.
They are pretty ugly the rest of the time. I'm not a huge fan.
The pedals fall and then are washed away by rain, or proper maintenance of the streetscape, within a few weeks. No different from any other deciduous tree, and for the rest of the year you have what appears to be a quite normal tree.
Vancouver, like Washington D.C., has taken on Cherry Blossoms as part of the city's identity, a reduction and removal of the trees would be a great loss to what can be a very dreary spring season here. I'd take some beautiful flowering trees requiring a little extra streetscape maintenance over your typical deciduous.
The good news is while the CoV seems to have taken on a negative view of the trees, Burnaby at the very least seems to favour the trees.
Many residential neighbourhoods in the city which have not had curbs or sidewalks in the past are, alongside the addition of sidewalks, having young Cherry Blossoms planted. On my grandmother's street two distinct species were planted, on the north side a pink flowering tree that opens in early spring, and on the south side, a white flowering species that typically opens in late spring.
The issue really here is poor maintenance of streetscapes in Vancouver, from public garbage collection, to snow and ice removal, to simply having some crews with leaf blowers clear the seawall in the spring and fall. Either demand the city does it, or impress upon the community to take some responsibility for their environment.