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Latest Bloom Prediction

Updated April 23, 2019

Green Tips signal second stage

Episode 7 of Sakura Watch 2019 has been posted (read the latest update here). Days of warmer spring-like weather has finally helped the trees to move into the third stage of bud development. The blossom buds now appear to have swelled in size, and have a more bulbous shape. The florets have even begun to peak out on some of the buds that are further along.

Official bloom prediction

With the latest progress seen in the trees, and taking into account the weather forecast for the next couple of weeks, I’m now confident in predicting that we should see the first cherry blossoms begin to open up in early May.

This will then be followed by the peak bloom, when approximately 70% of the blossoms have opened, to be between May 7-12. My next visit later this week should help confirm those dates.

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

Latest Prediction // April 23, 2019

First blossoms to open early May, with peak bloom between May 7-12
— Sakura Steve Prediction
 First Sakura // Cherry Blossoms open up on April 30, 2013.

 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.


2018 bloom
May 7-12


2017 Bloom
April 31 - May 2

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

2016 BLoom (only 25%)

May 7-12

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

2015 Bloom
May 5-10

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

2014 Bloom
May 12-21

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

2013 Bloom
April 30 - May 6

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

2012 Bloom
April 10-17



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.