With Sakura Sunday just days away, it’s natural to be curious if the event will live up to its name. We are regularly asked, “When will the cherry blossoms peak?” or “Will we have cherry blossoms for Sakura Sunday?”
It’s been an oddly cold March and many of Philadelphia’s sakura have yet to burst into bloom. As of today, only a few trees here and there have reached full bloom – like those in the photo taken at 18th and Hamilton. The rest are waiting for a string of warm days before they’ll begin budding.
Temperatures are predicted to move into the 60’s over the weekend and peak in the 70’s next week, which means Philadelphia will be in bloom soon. So that brings us back to the two important questions:
When will the blossom hit their peak?
We’re not horticultural experts, but it’s safe to say the the we’ll see fully in bloom trees sometime next week – probably Tuesday or Wednesday – assuming the weather predictions hold true.
Will there still be blossoms at Sakura Sunday?
Yes. Again, we’re not experts, but given the information available we feel confident that Sakura Sunday will indeed be full of sakura.
Things to keep in mind
Philadelphia is lucky to have a wide variety of cherry blossom trees included in its canopy. The diversity of species should have us swimming in sakura for at least a few weeks once the weather warms. So spread the word. Reassure your friends and family that the cherry trees in Philadelphia are alive, well, and ready to burst into bloom. They will be waiting for you at Sakura Sunday.