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UW Quad Cherry Trees FAQ
What are they?
Scientific name: Prunus yedoensis Common name: Yoshino cherry
Where did they come from?
Yoshino cherries originate from Japan. The quad trees were first planted around 1939 at the Washington Park Arboretum. They were in the path of what later became the approach to the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge east of Montlake Boulevard. Along with many other trees that now beautify our campus, they were transplanted in a hurried effort to minimize losses in the wake of impending 520 construction. The transplant was successful; every cherry tree survived.
How old are they?
Today the remaining cherry trees are at least 80 years old.
How long will they live?
Yoshino cherries have an average lifespan of a century.
Are they being replaced?
Replacement trees are being grown in the Skagit Valley. Our plans are to replace an existing tree that is in decline with one of the new ones.
When do they bloom?
Usually the second or third week of March, often during spring break.