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100th season ahead for D.C.’s cherry blossom trees

March 5, 2012

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— Washington is getting ready to celebrate 100 years with its famous cherry blossom trees, and peak bloom season is just around the corner.

The National Park Service announced Thursday that the peak bloom dates for the trees’ pink and white flowers are expected to be March 24 to March 31.

That’s when 70 percent of the trees are expected to be in full blossom.

The annual cherry blossom festival attracts about 1 million visitors to the nation’s capital.

The average peak bloom date is April 4, but a mild winter is pushing the peak period earlier.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

There is something rather important left out of this short article, and that is the origins of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

Clipped from: http://dc.about.com/od/hoildaysseasonalevents/a/FAQsCherryTrees.htm

"In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. These two original trees are still standing today near the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of 17th Street."

It is a wistful thought that in the years from 1941 to 1945, while we were at war with Japan, the cherry trees bloomed anyway.

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