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Where to see cherry blossoms in Los Angeles

Celebrate spring with an afternoon at one of these cherry blossom-filled spots around L.A., plus a few cherry blossom festivals.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Well before the jacaranda trees bloom and just as the California poppies begin to flower, Los Angeles also greets the springtime with cherry blossom season.

If you’re after blossoming buds, you’ll largely want to head to a botanical garden or Japanese garden between March and April.

You’ll also find some cherry blossom festivals, where a handful of Southern California cities salute their Japanese roots. Oddly enough, while some of these fests take place in parks and along city streets adorned with those delicate pink flowers, some don’t actually feature any cherry trees.

Peak blooms are pretty short-lived, so we suggest checking each spot on Instagram for up-to-the-minute photos before you trek on over.

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Where to see cherry blossoms in L.A.

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  • La Cañada
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Witness the springtime bloom at the La Cañada Flintridge garden during monthly guided tours (Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14 at 11am, 1pm). As for those beautiful pink-flowering trees, you’ll want to head to the Japanese garden. Make sure to check the garden’s bloom status before you secure your reservation; as of late March, cherry trees in the Japanese garden have hit peak bloom.

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  • San Marino
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It’s tough to pick a favorite themed area at the Huntington, but the Japanese garden makes a pretty strong argument for the top spot—especially during cherry blossom season. Look to the rose garden-adjacent entrance as well as the steps near the ceremonical teahouse to see “Pink Cloud” cherry trees and the not-a-cherry-but-still-pinkish Japanese “Momo” peach tree. The path around the Chinese garden is dotted with blossoms, too, as well as look-alikes such as the flowering peach. Check in with the Huntingon’s exhaustively detailed bloom map before your visit (they already passed peak bloom as of mid-March).

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  • Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates
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Set a course for this Palos Verdes landmark to spot some blossoms this spring. While there’s no sign yet this year of the annual cherry blossom festival or docent-led tours, you should still be able to easily spot them on your own—specifically by the rose garden and the adjacent amphitheater lawn (blossoms were spotted around the gardens in early March, though now it’s tulip season). Just make sure to have a reservation before you go.

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  • Van Nuys

This popular lake and picnic spot in the Valley springs to life each March as cherry blossoms color the path around the lake’s perimeter (and just to be clear, since the neighborhood is also called Lake Balboa, you’ll find the actual lake just inside of the corner of Victory and Balboa Boulevards, north of the L.A. River).

The lake sits just down the block from another key blossom spot: the Japanese Garden, a recycled oasis that’s fed by the water reclamation plant next door. You’ll need a reservation to visit right now, which become available 10 days in advance (and book up pretty quickly).

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This year’s event has been canceled, but expect it to return in 2023.

While Monterey Park may be best known for its concentration of Chinese culture, the city honors its Japanese influences with this free fest featuring drums, martial arts, a tea ceremony and handmade crafts.


Barnes Park, 350 S McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park.

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