This is not a question, but comments and corrections are very welcome. The one specimen I've seen of this tree, on private property on Comox St in Vancouver's West End, looked totally dead for most of the cherry blooming season and hardly fits the description usually given for these trees: "magnificent bark", "spectacular all year", "attractive on any score". This is actually one ugly tree, mostly because of its heavy, clunky, heavily pruned looking limbs and spindly branches. And the bark's not all that shiny either. Still, it was easily recognizable by the peeling bark. The teeny white single flowers have more stamens than you would think could fit on one little flower, and they're long stamens, showing out below the drooping and never quite opened petals. The green leaves open with or before the flowers. It's supposed to bloom mid-season, but it didn't bloom this year until late season (though I did miss its peak bloom in these photos).