Peak bloom for DC's cherry blossoms delayed by frigid temps

University of Washington

University of Washington

The UW cherry blossom trees, which are over 80 years old, were a gift from then-Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912 to mark a friendship between the United States and Japan. The following are place to enjoy the blooms.

The peak bloom delay could mean great news for the thousands of people who come to the District every spring for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Once peak bloom is reached, the blossoms can remain on the trees from four to 10 days.

Peak bloom is defined as the period when at least 70 percent of the almost 3,000 cherry trees along the Tidal Basin are blossoming.

The National Park Service announced Monday peak bloom dates for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry trees have been pushed back.

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Tickets for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony are already sold out. The festival will still be held March 17 to April 15.

Spring is just around the corner, which means the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington's Quad are nearly in full bloom.

ODAWARA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 23-mid April; about 320 cherry blossom trees at Odawara Castle Park and are illuminated 6-9 p.m.; a 10-minute walk from JR Odawara Station; Odawara Tourist Association 0465-33-1521.

This year, it kicks off on Saturday, March 24.

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