Note: Thousands of people usually visit campus each spring to see the cherry blossoms. The University is asking people to avoid coming to campus this year to comply with orders by Public Health – Seattle & King County and Gov. Jay Inslee that prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people as our region combats the spread of COVID-19.

Stay tuned for virtual options to enjoy the blossoms this year, including UW Video’s live feed of the Quad below.

Students walking through the Quad.
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Cherry trees in full bloom in the Quad.

ORIGINAL POST on March 5: A relatively mild winter in the Seattle area means the iconic cherry trees in the University of Washington Quad are on track for a typical bloom season.

The trees likely will reach peak bloom the week of March 23, said Michael Bradshaw, a UW doctoral student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences who leads a team of undergraduates collecting data on bloom timing.

The buds appear to be progressing a few days ahead of last year’s timing, Bradshaw said, according to the data that students have been collecting since early February. Warmer temperatures and sunlight usually influence bloom timing each year.

Once the trees reach peak bloom — when at least 70% of the blossoms have emerged — cooler temperatures, dry weather and low wind will keep the blossoms on the trees longer, he explained.

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