When will the cherry blossoms bloom at UW in 2023?
The cold weather through the start of 2023 has stalled the cherry blossom bloom this spring, which means that all your Instagram photos will have to wait a little longer.
According to the University of Washington:
"As of March 15, the cherry trees in the UW Quad are mostly green buds and a few florets, where the folded-up petals are emerging. The trees will likely hit 10% bloom, meaning one in every 10 buds has erupted in pink or white blossoms, the week of March 20."
The university's arborist expects "peak bloom" to be in early April. That's when 70% of the buds have bloomed.
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The cherry blossom bloom attracts massive crowds to UW's Quad each year. The university recommends visiting during the week to avoid heavier crowds. Early mornings are good, too.
UW has started a new website for cherry blossom visitors. There is also a live video feed of the campus trees, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The Quad is home to 29 Yoshino cherry trees that are nearly 90 years old.