Blooming of cherry trees marks end of cold in Washington
A woman operates a camera beneath cherry blossoms in bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, USA, April 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
People walk beneath cherry blossoms in bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, USA, April 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
A man walks beneath cherry blossoms in bloom with the Washington Monument seen behind (Back R), at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, USA, April 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
Washington, Apr 5 (efe-epa).- The cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin in Washington reached what the US National Park Service (NPS) describes as "peak bloom" on Thursday, a bit later than usual.
After a warm end of February and a colder than usual March, the explosion of cherry blossoms marks a symbolic end of the frigid temperatures that had continued in the city.
The NPS had confirmed earlier in the week that peak bloom - when at least 70 percent of cherry trees are blossoming - would take place starting on Thursday.
This will continue until at least Sunday, although it may go on for up to two weeks.
Although peek bloom tends to happen during the last days of March, it sometimes takes place in early April, as in 2013 and 2015.
The latest peak bloom ever recorded took place on April 18, 1958, while the earliest happened on March 15, 1990.
More than 3,500 cherry trees were planted along the Tidal Basin in Washington DC in 1912, offered as a gift of friendship by Japan.
In 1965, the Japanese government renewed its gift offering 3,800 new cherry trees, which have a life span of 25 to 50 years.
In 2017, almost half of the cherry trees that were still alive died because of a mid-April cold snap, the NPS said.