Nothing says spring more like a blooming cherry tree.
Sakura trees, also known as cherry blossom, are known for their beauty and charm. Blossoms usually reach peak bloom in late April or early May and flowers last from 4 to 10 days, depending on the weather. In this time, Toronto’s High Park attracts thousands of people to admire their beauty.
But these trees have more than just good looks - they benefit the wildlife and ecosystem of High Park, being the source of food and helping us reduce our carbon footprint!
Viewing of cherry blossoms, also known as a Sakura Hanami, is a Japanese tradition brought to us with the first planted tree in 1959 when the Japanese ambassador Toru-Hagiwara presented 2000 Sakura trees to the people of Toronto as a gift from citizens of Tokyo. From that time, many people get together to spend their day in, at that time, one of the most beautiful places in Toronto. But with blooming only for a couple days and being so vulnerable to the weather, these trees are the perfect example of the idea that we should really enjoy the present moment.