City of Seattle plants new cherry blossom trees downtown

The new trees will be joined by a plaque commemorating the cultural significance of the trees to Japanese culture.

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The famed cherry trees will be replaced by brand new ones.

The City of Seattle has turned over a new leaf on Pike Street’s foliage — eight new cherry trees have been planted between First and Second Avenue.

The new cherry trees — of the Prunus First Blush variety — replaced the eight trees that were removed earlier this year during construction. The city will also plant 16 more trees at locations that include the new Waterfront Park and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington.

Near the Pike Street plantings, there will be a plaque highlighting the cherry trees’ significance to Japanese culture and Japanese Americans living in Seattle.

The public is invited to attend the plaque unveiling on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street. Mayor Bruce Harrell and Consul-General of Japan in Seattle Iyori Makoto will be there to commemorate the occasion.