What are the peak bloom dates for D.C.’s cherry trees?

Cherry blossom buds are seen in D.C. on March 3, 2012. (WTOP/Kristi King)

By JESSICA GRESKO
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington’s famous cherry trees blooms are expected to be at their best between March 26 and March 30.

National Park Service cherry tree expert James Perry made the prediction for the peak bloom season at a press conference Monday.

The average peak bloom date is April 4, but last year’s peak bloom date came earlier on March 20, due to the warm weather.

The cherry blossoms draw about 1 million visitors to the nation’s capital each spring. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.

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