Cherry blossoms are one of the city’s most anticipated spring attractions and we’re so close to full blooms! High Park Nature Centre has been on watch for the cherry blossoms in Toronto and has confirmed that the blooms are now about two weeks away. Here’s what we know.

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According to High Park Nature Centre, “As of April 12, 2024, the cherry blossoms in High Park are in stage three of the bloom development process. The deep pink florets have extended from the green buds.

“Cold weather can slow down the bloom development process, while warmer spring weather can move the buds along quicker. Depending on the weather conditions, we expect peak bloom in High Park to happen sometime in the coming two weeks.”

If you’re hoping to catch the Sakura trees at their peak then be sure to keep up to date with the blossoms’ progression as the blooms typically only stick around for about one week.

If you want to learn more about what the cherry blossoms look like in each stage of progression, High Park Nature Centre not only shows photos of each stage but also provides descriptors.

For example, the blossoms are currently in stage three which is described as “Approximately 12 days before peak bloom, the florets (deep pink at this stage) start to extend out of the buds.”

Fun fact, High Park’s cherry blossom history dates back to April 1st, 1959, when the Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara, presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo.

Mark your calendar for two weeks from now and head over to High Park to take in the stunning cherry blossoms, Toronto!