What Do The Cherry Trees at the Utah State Capitol Look Like In the Fall?

S. F. Mori

The trees surrounding the Capitol are beautiful

Utah State Capitol(Image is author's)

Spring is an ideal time to visit the Utah State Capitol to see the cherry trees in full bloom with pink and white blossoms, but the Autumn leaves on the cherry trees also provide beauty.

Cherry trees at the Utah State Capitol(Image is author's)
When I lived in the Washington, D.C. area, the cherry trees blooming in the Spring were a highlight every year. I walked around the Tidal Basin many times as I took photos of the cherry blossoms at all times of the day. I never paid a lot of attention to the cherry trees in the Fall, but this year I have noticed the beauty of the turning leaves of the cherry trees at the Utah State Capitol.

The Utah State Capitol is a popular tourist destination and a favorite place for local people to visit. Living in close proximity to the Capitol, we often drive by the majestic Capitol when we are going downtown. It is an area where you will see tourists walking around after arriving on tour buses which are parked close by. There are sometimes people dressed in wedding or prom attire taking photos on the grounds. There might be demonstrations and protests on the weekends.

Years ago there was a single row of cherry trees in front of the Utah State Capitol. The trees were a gift from the Government of Japan. After some years, those trees had to be removed. Then many more cherry trees were added to make a pathway around the grounds surrounding the Capitol. They make a glorious sight in the Spring every year.

As a symbol of friendship and reconciliation following World War II, the cherry trees were sent by the Japanese to Utah.  To honor that friendship, they were placed around the Utah State Capitol. Many other states and the nation’s Capitol also boast Japanese blossoming cherry trees in the spring. 
In Japan, blossoming cherry trees, with their rapidly appearing flowers that die within weeks, symbolize the impermanence of life, or as Anthropologist Ohnuki-Tierney writes, “the cycle of life, death and rebirth, on the one hand, and of productive and reproductive powers, on the other.” Though, many Americans also see them as the advent to Spring! [www.utahstatecapitol.utah.gov]
Cherry trees surrounding the Capitol(Image is author's)

Thousands of people visit the Utah Capitol to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms as the weather becomes warmer in the Spring. Those same cherry trees become pretty with the Autumn leaves which adorn their branches in the Fall.

The leaves turn colors as the weather gets cooler before Winter sets in on the Salt Lake Valley. The mountains in the background provide a beautiful picture.

Autumn leaves on the Capitol grounds(Image is author's)

You can walk all around the Capitol grounds to enjoy the cherry trees in the Spring. You can do the same thing in the Fall to enjoy the colorful leaves on those cherry trees.

The cherry trees are not the only trees which are on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol. There are large evergreens as well.

The Utah State Capitol at the top of State Street in Salt Lake City is a beautiful place to visit during all seasons of the year. The Autumn leaves have been pretty with Winter coming soon. Then it will be time once again in the Spring for the magnificent beauty of the cherry blossoms.

Utah Capitol in the Spring with cherry trees blooming(Image is author's)

Fall is a good time to visit the Utah State Capitol grounds, but the Autumn leaves do not remain for long. After the Winter months pass, the cherry trees will once again be blooming in all their glory with the pink and white blossoms which are a major attraction for many people.

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

Salt Lake City, UT

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