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Philly’s peak cherry blossom bloom begins March 29

As predicted by Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

A view over a lake looking toward the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden during cherry blossom season.
Peak cherry blossom bloom in Philly is expected to be between March 29 and April 4.
Courtesy of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Despite the wacky winter season Philly has been experiencing, the city’s cherry blossom trees are expected to hit peak bloom beginning March 29, right in time for this year’s Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden announced today that it predicts the peak cherry blossom bloom will take place between March 29 and April 4.

The nine-day festival is from April 1 to 9.

But given the tricky weather as of late, officials warned that the bloom may not be as boisterous as in year’s past. “The cold snap will lead to a significantly smaller blossom canopy this spring, but later blooming cherry trees will still hold their buds,” said Kim Andrews, executive director of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, in a statement.

Some of the trees’ buds have already hit the green stage, so they could begin to bloom within the next 12 to 17 days, said head gardener Francheska Snyder.