Spring has arrived at the U of G Arboretum! With the warmer weather, many beautiful trees and plants are blooming in the Arboretum. Stop by the next time you’re on campus to enjoy the beautiful flowers. 

Of note are the Sakura trees that bloomed to display beautiful cherry blossoms this year. These trees were a gift of the Japanese government as a symbol of international peace and understanding. 

In addition, there are many other native Ontario trees getting ready to bloom, including the beautiful and ephemeral Amelanchier (service berry) family. You may also spot wildflowers in the forested areas, such as trout lily, blood root, and the first of the trillium. 

Want to learn more about spring blooms? Check out the Arboretum’s Wonderous Wildflowers: Spring Blooms Workshop on May 10.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the flowers you might find:

A Sargent's Cherry Tree in full bloom with light pink blossoms.
This beautiful Sargent’s cherry (Prunus sargentii), was planted by the U of G Alumni Association on Green Thumb Day, April 27th, 1974. So we will be celebrating its 50th birthday on Sunday! (Sargent’s cherry was named after the founder of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, which was a model for our own Arboretum planning committee here at Guelph!)
Cushion Spurge, a bright yellow flower, blooms.
In the recently renovated English Garden, cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) is blooming in the warm-hued Sun Garden side.
Virginia bluebells beginning to blossom with small vibrant blue buds.
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) is showing beautiful blue blooms at the Wall Custance Memorial Forest entrance. This eastern North American native spring ephemeral flower is from the Boraginaceae family with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers.