NO Peak Bloom – at most 10-25% in 2016
Updated May 13, 2016 – Although there is no peak bloom this year, a surprising observation shows that there are still a few blossoms to bloom over the coming week – as long as the weather cooperates after we had to deal with yet another cold weekend which included flurries and hail!
The observation was noted in the sakura cherry blossom trees located in the Spring Road area near the High Park Zoo and Adventure Playground – full details on the surprising observations can be read on this post. In summary, there is a chance the few remaining buds on the trees may actually burst into bloom over the next week or two, pending we have more consistent warmer weather. It appears that about 10-25% of buds have remained in a holding pattern but now show signs of possibly going to flower even if they will be very few, very sparse and each tree will still be predominantly leaves.
The Akebono / Fugenzo trees are fairing much better and will also be blooming this week offering another chance at enjoying the flowers before the end of the month.
Stay tuned for more updates and checks on the status mid-week and towards the Victoria Day long weekend.
Enjoy your visit to the park and please remember to respect the trees:
- DON’T shake the branches because when you do, the blossoms fall and leave the trees bare – let the bloom last longer and they’ll fall naturally;
- DON’T climb the trees as you can damage or break the tree branches as happened before;
- DON’T break off small blooms or branches – the more you damage the trees, the greater the chance they will be open to disease or insects in destroying them;
- DO take pictures respectfully so everyone can enjoy the sakura // cherry blossoms for years to come
Thank you all who respect the sakura // cherry blossoms – your care helps ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy them year after year.
Predicting the Sakura // Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom
Predicting exactly when the blooms is always a bit tricky from year to year. Weather conditions fluctuate and alway move the date from a few days to even weeks then the normal bloom time. Usually, peak bloom throughout High Park occurs during the weeks of late April and early May.
Florets begin to show individual extensions (Peduncle Elongation)
Stage 5: Florets now begin to display the beginnings of individual blossoms with combinations of deep and bright pink colours. Now extremely vulnerable, frost or sudden drops can damage or even kill the blossoms at this stage as happened in 2008 when a sudden cold snap resulted in no blossoms blooming that year.
White Blossoms begin to puff and open
Final stage: The highlight of the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms when the pink florets begin to fully open into bright, white blossoms throughout the park. Each section opens at slightly a day or so apart, but offer an inspirational spectacle for all to see for the next 1-2 weeks (weather permitting).