As Washington’s winter gives way to spring our attention every year turns to the 31 Yoshino cherry trees lining the Quad at the University of Washington. When they bloom they create a canopy of soft pink that attracts tourists, picnickers, loyal alumni, swoony sweethearts, and just about every wedding photographer in the state.
The blooms begin at the very end of March or the beginning of April and last about three weeks. The colder it is the longer the blooms last. Usually there are at least two weekends when they are in full bloom.” The Quad is not the only UW location for cherry blossoms. There are also Kwansan cherry trees along Rainier Vista near Stevens Way and Hisakura cherry Trees just off Red Square. The Quad’s Yoshino Cherry trees were purchased and planted at Washington Park Arboretum in or around 1939. They were brought to the UW campus proper in the early 1960s when State Route 520 was built.