Cherry blossoms are starting to bloom and here’s where to see them in Hamilton

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Published April 17, 2023 at 3:35 pm

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Cherry blossoms came out around May 8 in 2022 in Bayfront Park but they are earlier this year. City of Hamilton photo

Last week’s blast of summer-like weather brought out cherry blossoms early this year.

The magnificent blossoms are a cheerful harbinger of spring after a cold, dark winter.

And this year they are starting to bloom early in many areas of Ontario. Last year, the blossoms were at peak around May 8.

Very unseasonable warm conditions of over 20 C many days last week have brought the blooms out.

In Hamilton, cherry blossoms were starting to bloom Gage Park, 1000 Main St. E. and Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Dr. on the weekend.

Back in 2002, the Consulate General of Japan approached the City of Hamilton to donate the Japanese flowering cherry trees or Sakura for Bayfront Park.

Centennial Park in Dundas is also a wonderful spot to see cherry trees in bloom. Back in 2014, students and alumni at Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin School in Japan donated 37 cherry trees to the city.

Nearby, in Burlington, The Royal Botanical Gardens also reported their cyedoensis and accolade cherry trees were just starting to open at the Arboretum and Rock Garden on April 14.

“Flowering Cherries are in bloom at the Arboretum!” the Gardens noted on Instagram on the weekend. “These ephemeral blooms are very sensitive to weather and won’t be here long.”

Sakura Watch for High Park in Toronto reported the first blossoms were opening on April 15 and 16. The peak is expected from April 20 to 28.

Hopefully, the cooler weather expected this week won’t put a damper on the blossoms.

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