Peak Bloom April 23 to May 2 2017
Due to varied times of bloom dates expanded to April 23 to May 2, 2017 (weather permitting)
Updated April 24, 2017 peak bloom has begun but there’s more to come as each area of the park have trees in varied stages of bloom.
Here is a breakdown of my predictions for the coming 2 weeks:
Monday to Wednesday (April 24-26) will be best time to take in the largest grove along the big, winding hill known as Hillside Trail or Cherry Hill. The sakura trees near the sportsfields always serve as a welcome opening act to the main show at Cherry Hill, and there a plenty to enjoy as these trees still are among the fullest when they bloom.
Thursday to Friday (April 27-28) will be the days we all keep our fingers crossed to see what the weather holds. Will heavy rains and strong winds blow knock off the cherry blossoms already open? Or if the forecast changes for the better and temperatures warm up will the bloom fill out even more? We’ll have to wait and see.
Saturday and Sunday and into the first week of May (April 29 to May 5) will the time for the slow pokes to shine! Look for ideal sakura cherry blossoms to open near the Adventure Playground and along the Grenadier Pond edge and lookout dock.
These dates are all dependant on the weather. Forecast rainy days could easily disrupt these dates, however with many cherry blossoms closed and warmer weather coming into this weekend the outlook is postive. Read full details in the latest post here.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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).