I snapped a photo of my ornamental cherry this morning (it's pouring rain right now). The leaves are starting to change color and, if it repeats what it did last year, they should finish up a deep red...and that's when it should start flowering. And this is a very special tree. Back in the 1930's Japan gifted about 500 cherry trees to the city of Vancouver. A lot of these original trees are now dead or dying so UBC and BCIT got together for a project that lasted 6 years trying to clone them - they managed about 300 clones of six varieties. These clones were then offered to residents of the City at a cost of only $20 per tree but the stipulation was that they had to stay within the city and you had to provide an address as to where they would located. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to purchase a clone. And even though I have only had the tree a few years it is actually about 100 years old as it is a genetic clone of the original tree. Cherry 'Fudan Zakura' The name means 'flower without interruption' because they will starting flowering sporadically in late fall or early winter before the "main event" in February/March.