‘Indicator’ DC cherry blossom tree reaches full bloom

WASHINGTON — D.C. cherry blossoms’ peak bloom could be right around the corner, the National Park Service said Thursday.

The park service tweeted that its “indicator tree” on the National Mall hit full bloom Thursday. The tree usually reaches peak bloom seven to 10 days ahead of the other Yoshino trees, the National Park Service said.

Earlier this month, the National Park Service pushed back the cherry blossoms’ peak bloom period and predicted it would occur between March 27 and 31.  The park service acknowledged Thursday that “models have been less reliable this year due to a cold March.”

Peak bloom occurs when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees are in bloom. The Yoshino trees are the most abundant of the 12 species around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park. Once they bloom, the cherry blossoms’ flowers can last up to 10 days, the park service said.

The National Park Service is checking the latest forecasts and indicators and will provide an update Friday if it’s deemed necessary.

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Sarah Beth Hensley

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