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Cherry Blossoms at Ohio University

Cherry Blossoms at Ohio University

Ohio University’s iconic cherry trees draw attention each year, as their blooms symbolize the arrival of spring in Athens. They were given as a gift in 1979 by Chubu University, located in Kasugai Japan, in honor of OHIO’s 175th anniversary. Celebrating the arrival of the blooms along the Hocking River each spring serves as a yearly reminder of the 50-year global partnership with Chubu University.

Check back in spring to see how the blooms are progressing in 2024. Mid March- April is the common timeline to see the arrival of the blossoms. 

An easy spot to visit and see the trees is near the Convocation Center, close to the Hocking River. Use this Map to locate the area. 

See updated photos of the Cherry Blossoms' progress below and check out Archive Slideshows of past years' blooms.


2024 Cherry Blossom Slideshow

February 23, 2024

Sakura in the February rain

OHIO Museum Complex Cherry Trees Signage

The Cherry Trees on Athens campus are a beautiful symbol of Ohio University's longstanding relationship with Chubu University. The OHIO Museum Complex has placed signage to create a living museum on campus which shares the story.

These global footprints on our own campus are a testament of the strength OHIO finds in connecting with international students and its relationship with Chubu University.

March 1, 2024

A cherry blossom tree by the Hocking river

Photo Slideshow Archive

Check out past years' blooms!


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    Celebrating 50 years of cross-cultural exchange between OHIO and Chubu University

    November 7, 2023
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    A picturesque spring at Ohio University

    April 27, 2023

    Photos of a beautiful spring at Ohio University, featuring the iconic cherry blossom trees.

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    Photos: Cherry blossom season ushers in spring at Ohio University

    March 24, 2023
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    12 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in the United States

    February 17, 2023

    Japan might be the best-known destination for cherry blossoms, but there are parks, gardens, and scenic drives where you can see these pale pink flowers all over the United States.

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