DC Cherry Blossoms Peak Bloom End Of March

Contributed by Tanyia Foster

National Park Service officials predict DC Cherry Blossom will be at peak bloom March 27-30.

Japanese Cherry Blossom trees were gifted to Washington, DC,  from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City, back in 1912. The Cherry Blossoms are known to be a yearly symbolization of the coming of Spring.

According to the National Park Service,

“The peak bloom date is defined as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms are open. Peak bloom varies annually depending on weather conditions. The most likely time to reach peak bloom is between the last week of March and the first week of April. Extraordinary warm or cool temperatures have resulted in peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958).”

Every year, after the trees have hit peak bloom, DC holds the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year the festival will take place March 20 to April 2.