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Cherry Blossom 2023 in Arizona

Blooming cherry trees can be viewed in Northern Arizona and the Phoenix Valley

Dates: February 25–26, 2023

Cherry Blossom

Arizona, with its arid climate, seems to be an unlikely place to see blossoming cherry trees. However, a few cherry species are actually native to Arizona: bitter cherry and two species of chokecherry. Cherries do grow here and bloom beautifully in Flagstaff, Sedona, and even Phoenix. In addition, Arizona has its own sakura matsuri festival, dedicated to the Japanese hanami traditions.

Flagstaff

Cherry trees are quite widespread in Flagstaff. They make spring especially beautiful in the city and even occasionally bear some fruit. Cherries are especially scenic on the corner of Milton and Butler streets and at the Northern Arizona University campus. Also, you can stop by Northern Arizona University Arboretum to enjoy some tree blossoms along the 0.5 mi (0.8 km) Wommack Tree Walk, which starts at the northeast corner of the Blome Building or the 0.5 mi (0.8 km) Littleman Tree Walk, which starts at the south entrance to North Union. Black cherry trees are the most common for the Arboretum. They usually bloom in the first half of April.

Phoenix

The Japanese Friendship Garden is the best place to see blooming cherry trees in Phoenix. This beautiful stroll garden encompasses 3.5 ac (1.4 ha) and features a tea garden and tea house. Cherry blossoms here usually peak in late March.

Arizona Matsuri (February 25–26, 2023)

Arizona Matsuri is the annual two-day festival in Phoenix dedicated to the culture of Japan. It is held on the last full weekend of February from 10 am to 5 pm, which unfortunately doesn't coincide in time with the cherry blossom season. Arizona Matsuri features martial arts demonstrations, taiko drummers, music, dance, origami, and food presentations. The festival offers free admission to the public.

Practical info

When do the cherry blossoms in Flagstaff bloom and where can they be seen?

In Flagstaff, cherry blossoms usually bloom in early April, but the specific time may differ depending on the weather. The Northern Arizona University Arboretum is the perfect spot for visitors to witness the blooming cherry trees in various colors and sizes. The park has two main walking trails known as the Wommack Tree Walk and the Littleman Tree Walk, with black cherry trees of all shapes and sizes. Show more

What are the popular areas to witness cherry blossoms in Flagstaff?

Milton and Butler streets in Flagstaff are the most popular areas to witness the city's beautiful cherry blossoms. Cherry trees can also be found all over the Northern Arizona University campus. In the Northern Arizona University Arboretum, the Wommack Tree Walk and the Littleman Tree Walk offer peaceful spring hikes for visitors with magnificent blooming black cherry trees that stand out and make for an extraordinary spring experience. Show more

What kinds of cherry trees are found in Arizona?

Arizona has native cherry tree species including bitter cherry and two species of chokecherry. The Northern Arizona University Arboretum is home to the most common black cherry trees that locals and tourists can enjoy. Along with Flagstaff and Sedona, visitors can witness the incredible beauty of cherry blossoms in Phoenix at the Japanese Friendship Garden, which is a peaceful garden that provides a stunning scenic view. Show more

Where can cherry blossom trees be seen in Phoenix?

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a serene and tranquil garden situated in Phoenix and provides a perfect spot for cherry blossom lovers. Stunning cherry blossom trees usually bloom in late March, adding more charm to this naturally gorgeous garden. With a Tea House and Tea Garden, visitors can enjoy an afternoon tea surrounded by a serene Japanese vibe in the unique garden. Show more

What can visitors enjoy at the Arizona Matsuri festival in Phoenix?

The celebration of Japanese culture through martial arts demonstrations, music and dance performances, traditional Japanese music, and origami exhibits takes place during the annual 2-day Arizona Matsuri Festival held in Phoenix. Running the last full weekend of February, the festival offers excellent food, souvenirs, and free admission for visitors of all ages. This festival adds a colorful culture-rich vibe to the city of Phoenix every year. Show more

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