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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.

04/03 Update: Peak bloom took place last week and, following the incelement weather on April 2, some of the trees have begun to drop their petals and give way to leaves.  The trees remain beautiful and it has been wonderful to watch the newest additions bloom for their first season as part of the grove! (Slideshow, below, will be updated often with photos to show the blooms' progression!)

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.

View the 2023-2024 year long photo montage of the cherry blossoms by watching the video below

2024 Cherry Blossom Slideshow


April 10, 2024

A cherry blossom tree that has almost dropped all its blossoms


April 3, 2024

Cherry blossoms transforming into leaves after surviving a night of heavy rain that flooded the Hocking River


April 3, 2024

Fallen cherry blossoms covering the ground


March 29, 2024

A blossom poking out of a tree trunk


March 29, 2024

A young cherry blossom covered in new leaves


March 27, 2024

A cherry blossom sprouting its own branch


March 24, 2024

Laying beneath a cherry blossom on a lazy Sunday


March 24, 2024

A close up of a blossom

20240321 Cherry trees

March 21, 2024

Blooms emerging throughout the Cherry Tree grove- peak bloom may happen in around a week from now. 

20240321 cherry tree blossom

March 21, 2024

Blossoms are beginning to emerge on most trees. 

20240321 cherry tree and Pavilion

March 21, 2024

Pavilion construction is underway in Friendship Park near the Cherry Trees. Round concrete footings are for the Pavilion, the concrete blocks will support the structure's site. 


March 19, 2024

The cherry tree signage amongst the blooming cherry blossoms


March 18, 2024

A close up view of some early blooms


March 18, 2024

Several cherry blossoms covered in a mixture of early blooms and buds

20240311 Cherry Trees and Pavilion Groundbreaking

March 11, 2024 Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking on the forthcoming Pavilion in Friendship Park has begun!

20240311 Cherry Trees

March 11, 2024

Cherry Trees along the Hocking River with buds that are still tight but developing quickly in the sun and warmth. 


March 8, 2024

Tightly packed flower buds


March 6, 2024

A cherry blossom full of buds near Peden Stadium

March 1 Cherry Blossoms

March 1, 2024

A cherry blossom tree by the Hocking river


February 24, 2024

Cherry trees in the snow

Cherry Blossoms in February

February 23, 2024

Sakura in the February rain

Chubu University students and Global Affairs leadership standing next to museum complex sinage

OHIO Museum Complex Cherry Trees Signage

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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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