Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Massachusetts

Want to see some beautiful cherry blossoms this spring in Massachusetts? Fortunately, a number of towns and cities in the state have beautiful displays of cherry blossoms each spring.

These trees usually bloom sometime between April and May each year, depending on the weather, and are only in bloom for one to two weeks so be sure not to miss them!

The following is a list of places to see cherry blossoms in Massachusetts:

Cherry Blossoms in Boston:

Charles River Esplanade:

The Charles River Esplanade is lined with cherry trees, particularly between the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge off Arlington Street and the ramp to Massachusetts Avenue, and each spring these trees explode with beautiful pink blossoms. The esplanade is also home to magnolias, peach flowers, and other blooms.

The types of cherry trees found on the esplanade include Kwanzan Cherry, Japanese Flowering Cherry, Sargent Cherry, Yoshino or Mt Fuji Cherry, Sweet Cherry, Higan Cherry, and Black/Wild Cherry.

The cherry trees were planted in 1985 as a gift from Japan to the city of Boston. It was one phase of Japan’s broader plan to donate cherry trees to various cities across the world as a symbol of goodwill.

A stone marker at the base of a pair of cherry trees in the pathway near the Hatch Shell reads:

“These trees were presented to Governor Michael S. Dukakis as a symbol of friendship and goodwill between the people of Massachusetts and Japan by the International Cultural Association of Japan through the Consulate General of Japan in Boston, May 11, 1985.”

The esplanade is also home to other flowering trees such as magnolias, peach flowers, flowering crabapple and flowering dogwood.

Boston Common and Public Garden:

The Boston Common and Public Garden is home to over 27 specimens of cherry trees. The vast majority of these trees are the Yoshino Cherry and the Kanzan Cherry.

There are three Yoshino Cherry Trees at the Boston Public Garden and two of these trees were actually grown from cuttings from the famous Washington D.C. cherry trees which were gifted to the city in 1912 by the Mayor of Tokyo. The cuttings from those trees were then planted in the Boston Public Garden in 2012 to mark the centennial of the original gift from Japan.

Yoshino cherry trees produce single-petaled blossoms that are light pink to white in color while Kwanzan cherry trees produce beautiful double-petaled pink blossoms that range from light to dark pink.

Brookline High School:

Brookline High School has been home to cherry trees ever since the consul general of Japan gifted the school with cherry trees in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington D.C. in 1912. The town also holds an annual Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival every year since 2012.

Arnold Arboretum:

Established in 1872, the 281-acre Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a public park designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead that is home to a wide variety of ornamental cherry trees.

Some of these trees include Sargent Cherry, Okame Cherry, European Bird Cherry, Higan Cherry, Yoshino Cherry, Judd’s Cherry Sand Cherry, weeping cherry trees, Kwanzan and Black Cherry trees.

Harvard Law School:

The campus of Harvard Law School is home to six Yoshino cherry trees, near the Littauer Building on Massachusetts Avenue, which were planted in 2012 in celebration of Harvard’s long relationship with Japan.

The collection of cherry trees was named the Harvard Sakura Garden and were planted by the Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planting Initiative after it raised the $1,800 need for the project.

Some other places to see cherry trees in the greater Boston area include the New England Botanical Garden at Tower Hill in Boylston and the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Cherry Blossoms in Nantucket:

Children’s Beach:

Children’s Beach is a public beach and public park with a small playground. The edge of the park is lined with cherry trees that were planted in 2007. The trees bloom each spring and produce beautiful pink blossoms that create a beautiful backdrop for picnics and strolls along the waterfront.

Children’s Beach is situated along the Nantucket Harbor, providing a picturesque coastal setting. Visitors can enjoy views of the harbor and the surrounding landscapes.

Main Street:

Main Street in downtown Nantucket is a picturesque New England street that is lined with cherry trees which produce pink blossoms each spring.

Main Street is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, featuring a mix of colonial and 19th-century buildings. The street’s design reflects Nantucket’s rich history as a whaling and trading hub.

Sconset Bluff Walk:

Sconset Bluff Walk, also known as Cliff Walk, is a scenic walking path leading from the picturesque village of Siasconset to Sankaty Head Lighthouse.

Various sections of this walking path are lined with cherry trees which produce pink blossoms each spring making it a great location to see both ocean views and beautiful blooms.

The Bluff Walk provides stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, offering walkers an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the coastline. The walk takes you along the edge of the bluff, which is a coastal cliff.

Town Tier Park:

Town Tier Park is a public park on Washington Street that features benches, a beach and walking paths. The park is also home to many cherry trees which bloom each spring.

Cherry Blossoms in Salem:

Salem State University:

Salem State University has a number of cherry trees, located in front of the Sullivan building on the campus, that were planted in 2012 and produce beautiful pink blossoms each spring and bring a pop of color to the campus.

Salem State University is situated in the historic city of Salem, known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and maritime significance. The university’s campus is within close proximity to downtown Salem and various historical sites.

Salem Witch House:

The Salem Witch House, which was the home of Salem Witch Judge Jonathan Corwin, is also home to a small, single cherry tree in the front yard.

When the tree blooms each spring, it displays beautiful pink blossoms and provides a great photo opportunity in front of this historic house.

The Witch House is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials. The Witch House was built in the mid-17th century, around 1675. It is a classic example of a First Period New England home, featuring a steep, pitched roof, a central chimney, and a timber frame construction.

For fun ideas on what to do while viewing cherry blossoms, check out this article on how to hanami in Massachusetts.

Have you seen any of these cherry trees in Massachusetts? Do you look forward to seeing cherry trees in bloom this spring? Let us know in the comments!

If you want to see more spring blooms, check out this article on the best places to see spring flowers in Massachusetts.

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Japanese Flowering Cherries —A 100-Year-Long Love Affair.” Arnold Arboretum, arboretum.harvard.edu/stories/japanese-flowering-cherries-a-100-year-long-love-affair/
About.” Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, brooklinecherryblossom.com/about.html
Esplanade Tree Management & Succession Plan. Esplanade Assocation and Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2018.
Meet the Trees: Cherry Tree | March 14, 2018.” Friends of the Public Garden, friendsofthepublicgarden.org/2018/03/14/meet-the-trees-cherry-tree/
5 Spots To See Cherry Blossoms In Boston.” Boston Uncovered, 20 March. 2023, bostonuncovered.com/cherry-blossom-boston/
Rodrick, Delphine. “Celebrating a Friendship, With Cherry Trees.” The Harvard Crimson, 2 June. 2012, thecrimson.com/article/2012/6/2/japan-cherry-trees-commemorative/

About William Briscoe

William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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