Cherry Trees on the Quad

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Enter the Quad and behold the Yoshino cherry trees. This locally famous planting brings the campus joy every March or early April, as the dark trunks and branches blossom with millions of white and pink flowers.

Yoshino cherry originated around 1870 in Tokyo as a natural hybrid. It grows larger than most flowering cherries, and sets some fruit, albeit small and plain. Later in the spring you can see Hisakura and Kwanzan cherries open their pinker, larger flowers.

The blossoms of cherry trees are edible and are often pickled and then made into a tea and drunk at festivals such as weddings.

Locator Map: Find the Yoshino cherry trees on the UW campus

Video: Learn more about the history of the Yoshino cherry trees

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