Predicting peak bloom May 5-12
Too early to determine the bloom, more accurate dates to come.
Updated April 24, 2018 – Some progress seen throughout High Park as the warmer temperatures are now helping the buds move on to the next stage. Watch and read the latest Sakura Watch post for a video walk through, photos, and more in depth details of the most recent park visits.
More visits will be required to see how quickly all the buds will begin next stage of bud development. Current estimated dates is based on the average time the trees tend to bloom under ideal conditions, which so far this year has not been the case.
I will continue to watch over the trees over the coming weeks to start narrowing down more accurate prediction dates.
Park Visitor Tips
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).