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Date for High Park cherry blossoms peak bloom announced

Ainsley Smith Apr 24, 2019 12:48 pm 4,973

The most Instagrammable time of year will soon be here.

That’s right, Toronto’s cherry blossom season is right around the corner and it will be here sooner than you might think.

According to Sakura in High Park’s latest update, now that the buds have entered into the third stage of development, they are expected to reach peak bloom between May 7 to 12.

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According to the update, thanks to the recent spring-like weather and warmer temperatures, the buds are in the third stage of development and will soon begin to swell in size and take on a more “bulbous” shape.

“You can also begin to see the tips of the florets as they slowly get ready to come out of their protective home,” reads the update.

Once the blossom buds hit this third stage of development, it can take between 16 to 21 days to see a peak bloom, according to Sakura in High Park.

Weather is the most crucial factor in buds’ development now, and according to the update, the mild temperatures and brief periods of rain in the coming days will likely push the peak bloom date towards the earlier to mid dates within the 16-21 day range.

Keep in mind that once the blossoms reach peak bloom, for the first time ever, vehicles will not be allowed to park or drive through High Park during the peak bloom period between late April through early May.

This means you will not be allowed to drive into the park to any of the lots near Grenadier Café, Children’s Playground, or High Park Zoo.

The change is aimed to increase public safety and ease traffic congestion both in the park and surrounding neighbourhood.

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