|Cherry Blossom (櫻花 ) in New Jersey -
More than 5,000 Cherry Trees
Looking from bridge (on Park Drive) down to Branch Brook through pink cherry blossom
There used to be more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees with 17 different varieties in Branch Brook Park in
Belleville/Newark, New Jersey, USA. 1,000 more cherry blossom trees are planted in early 2015 so that
Branch Brook Park now has the largest world-class collection in USA of more than 5,000 cherry blossom trees.
Usually, these cherry blossom trees are in full bloom in the second week and the third week in April each year.
But the peak bloom period may vary by one or two weeks from year to year depending on how long is the
winter of a particular year. For example, for 2015, the peak bloom period is anticipated to be from April 20 to
24 as indicated at the following website of Branch Brook Park:
This Branch Brook Park website also provides a web cam at:
for people to get a live view of cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park. By using this web cam, people can
see on their PC screen if the cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park are blooming or not.
Many visitors come to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom all over the place during the annual Cherry Blossom
Festival in northern part of Branch Brook Park in Belleville. I visited Branch Brook Park during the annual Cherry
Blossom Festival at least four times in last few years to enjoy and to take pictures of the beautiful cherry
blossom as shown on this web page.
Young lovers here and there kissing under the beautiful cherry blossom trees add the romantic
atmosphere to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Branch Brook Park.
There are also many birds in the Branch Brook Park. Some are on the lawn catching bugs or worms to eat.
Many other birds are on the trees singing beautiful love songs to attract their mates during the spring time.
A bird in the nest on the cherry blossom tree, probably sitting on and hatching eggs.
Bright yellow forsythia in full bloom along Branch Brook.
A romantic view of the Branch Brook lined with pink and white wonderland of blossoms.
An egret caught a gold fish (or a Koi) at the edge of a pond in southern part of the Branch Brook Park.
The neck of the egret becomes bigger because it is swallowing the fish
Branch Brook with cobble stones as river bed
Branch Brook Park
Location: Junction of Park Drive & Mill Street, Belleville, NJ 07109, USA
E-Mail : Mail@branchbrookpark.org
1. Set GPS Navigator at Junction of Mill St. & Franklin Ave (Hwy 645), Belleville, NJ.
2. Then go southeast on Mill St. for 400 feet to reach the junction with (Branchbrook) Park Dr. and see
many cherry blossom trees,
3. Then go south on (Branchbrook) Park Dr. for ¼ mile to reach Cherry Blossom Welcome Center.
4. Park your car in the parking lot at Cherry Blossom Welcome Center if parking space is available, or
park your car along (Branchbrook) Park Dr. or along Mill St. Get off your car and hike along (Branchbrook)
Park Drive or along Mill St. to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms.
Map: Click here to see interactive Google Map showing northern part of Branch Brook Park
Detailed Park Map of Branch Brook Park is available at the following website (However, the north-south
direction on this park map is rotated about 80 degrees clockwise):
This map shows that there are lots of cherry blossom trees in northern part of the Park and some cherry
blossom trees in southern part of the Park, but there is almost no cherry blossom trees in the mid-section of
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The park erupts with striking pink blossoms each spring. The entire area is blanketed with pink & white petals
with fresh fragrances permeating the air. Many people love this time of year. After a harsh winter, it’s like a
rebirth and new life. Tourists flock here from all over the world during this time.
There are so many tints and shades of pink and white all around you, a fairy tale coming alive.
Many wedding pictures have been taken in this beautiful park.
When they are in full bloom, it really is a gorgeous sight.
This is a park that reminds you why they call New Jersey the Garden State. It's just great to drive or bike or
walk through the winding roads with pretty pink and white blossoms on both side of you.
Breathtakingly beautiful in the spring time!
A close up view of the cherry blossom on April 16, 2015.