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Latest Bloom Prediction

Updated March 20, 2019

First day of spring is finally here

Episode 2 of Sakura Watch 2019 has been posted (read the latest update here). The calendar officially puts winter to rest today, and its all the more evident with the muddy grass and melting snow during my visit to High Park. Along with the warmer temperatures today and forecast for the weeks ahead, I’ll now be watching for signs of the next stages of bud development.

So far, so good

It's still too early for an accurate prediction, however, what I can say is that large clusters of buds this year are very positive signs. This could potentially even lead to a significant blossom showing this year - that is of course if the weather co-operates.

With these positive signs, things do seem to be on track for the usual bloom dates which can range from of mid to April into early May. But again, it’s too early for an accurate prediction, and more observation is needed.

Thanks for visiting and be sure to read the latest post to see the video and photos. As always, watch for more updates soon!

Between mid April to mid May
— Preliminary prediction by Sakura Steve

 Past Bloom Dates

These are the peak bloom dates that I recorded since starting this website in April 2012. Note that 2016 there was no bloom, with less than 25% of buds flowering. Each year the dates grow to be more unpredictable due to erratic weather changes. Tracking the progress of the buds to blossom is the best way to predict when they will bloom next.


May 7-12, 2018


April 31 - May 2, 2017

 Only few blossoms to found in the park - photos taken May 6, 2016 by Steven Joniak -

May 7-12, 2016

 Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park - hot sunny weather and blossoms are in peak bloom - May 7, 2015 -

May 5-10, 2015

 Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park - peak bloom but less blossoms overall this year
May 13, 2014 -

May 12-21, 2014

 Sakura // Cherry Blossoms are at 70-80% near peak bloom on May 3, 2013. ©Steven Joniak Photography

April 30 - May 6, 2013

 Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park - April 17, 2012 -

April 10-17, 2012



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.