High Park cherry blossoms could bloom as early as April

Mar 29 2021, 8:05 am

The cherry blossoms in High Park have enjoyed Toronto’s recent stretch of warm weather just as much as the rest of the city.

According to Sakura in High Park, the buds’ growth has been accelerated, and the trees are now on track to bloom between the last week of April and the first week of May.

“When the temperatures remain in the mid to high teens for an extended period, the trees thrive and benefit the blossom bud development,” the latest Sakura Watch post reads.

“Warmer weather tends to signal to the buds that now is an excellent time to begin developing into the next stages.”

However, cooler temperatures in recent days may slow the tree’s progress, meaning that the bloom has only been sped up by a few days.

Sakura in High Park notes that the buds are still closed, so the cold weather won’t kill them as it has in years past.

“I’ll be watching the weather reports closely in the early April weeks to see if we will indeed experience an early spring with more warm weather,” Sakura in High Park writes.

“Or if instead, we will have our usual mixed bag of winter and spring days sprinkled throughout the month ahead.”

Regardless of when the cherry blossoms bloom, the spectacle may need to be observed virtually due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Although the City of Toronto has yet to decide whether to close the park during the bloom, all major events in the city have been cancelled until July 1.

Zoe DemarcoZoe Demarco

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