One of the wonders of nature in America has got to be the cherry blossom blooming season in Washington DC. People are often unaware of the cherry blossoms in DC because they last for such a short time. But for those few days that the blossoms appear, DC is covered in pink blooms that make the city appear to be engulfed in pink cotton candy.
As of today, April 10, the peak blooming season of the cherry trees has begun in DC this year. The blooms can last for up to 2 weeks before visitors and residents are forced to wait another year for the spectacular natural event to occur again. Check out the slideshow for pictures of the cherry blossoms, or, better yet, take a weekend trip to DC to see the blooms for yourself!
Yoshino cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in DC are not a native plant species in the area. People are more familiar with the flowering cherry trees of Asia, where the trees are quite common. The cherry trees of the District of Columbia were given to the United States by Japan, as an act of friendship between the two countries. Many countries have their own cherry blossoms in various cities around the world, but they actually all originated from Japan. All varietals of the cherry blossom tree, also known by the Japanese name “Sakura” tree, were brought over to other countries by the Japanese – whether through immigration, occupation or simply a donation or gift of friendship, as was the case in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has a very interesting section of their website which describes the history of the Capital’s cherry trees: http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-history.htm
Washington, DC holds the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes public concerts and land and sea tours of the cherry blossoms. If you are in the area to see the trees, be sure to check out the festival’s website for ongoing events: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/
There are only four days left for the festival this year!