Cherry Blossoms

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2008 8:44 am
Washington is known for its cherry blossom trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington, DC's signature springtime event and annually celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of enduring friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States. Timed in conjunction with the peak blooming period of the trees, the city-wide festival attracts thousands of visitors and DC residents. Peak Bloom Date is defined as the day in which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry trees are open. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions. The mean date of blooming is April 4, but nature is not always cooperative and the National Park Service horticulturists cannot make an accurate prediction much more than 10 days prior. The blooming period starts several days before the Peak Bloom Date and can last as long as 14 days; however, frost or high temperatures combined with wind and/or rain can shorten this period.
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