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Washington Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Cherry Blossoms In Washington State

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.


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  1. Charlie, these are magnificent. what a sight to see!
    Thank you for sharing here.

  2. These are beautiful trees and I like the chorus of songbirds in the video! Odd that I haven’t heard much about the Washington, DC trees.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful post!

  4. Bella Remy says:

    What a gorgeous video of the cherry blossoms Charlie. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. We have family down in Seattle that we often visit and the first time I saw the campus, right around this time of year…I was blown away…Such a stunning sight, thank you for sharing it on my blog Charlie 🙂
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  6. What a wonderful sight! Lovely shots.
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  7. Oh it’s lovely t see the cherry blossom, tanks for filling my morning with these pretty peals. I love the angle you took the shot at under the branches.

  8. Beautiful reminder of spring. We used to live in the Pacific Northwest (still there every summer), but we miss spring (literally and figuratively) by still being in Florida (or traveling) this time of year. So I am grateful for the beautiful pictures and the memories. Nothing like Seattle on a beautiful day!
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  9. So absolutely lovely!

  10. What a magical looking place, and somehow the fact that the blossom show lasts only 2 weeks makes it even more special. It must be amazing to be surrounded by this much blossom 🙂
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