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National Park Service sticking to cherry blossom peak bloom forecast

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The National Park Service predicted peak bloom for the Tidal Basin's treasured cherry blossoms would happen Wednesday through Saturday.

Peak bloom is defined as the period when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino Cherry Trees are open.

While it seems unlikely for Wednesday, there are high hopes for the weekend.

The trees are starting to give off a pink hue and when you look up close, the buds are starting to flower. There is also a tree east of the Jefferson Memorial known as the "Indicator Tree." It typically blossoms seven to ten days before the rest of the trees, and it reached peak bloom last weekend.

"It's beautiful, and even one makes me happy," said Tamiko Franklin, a visitor originally from Japan.

Of course, there are plenty of events to help ignite the spring fever, including Taste of Japan on Thursday, and a fireworks festival planned for Saturday.

National Cherry Blossom Festival President Diana Mayhew says, "We will absolutely have blossoms this weekend and most likely they will go through April 14th for the parade."

LINKS:

National Cherry Blossom Festival Photos, Videos and Links

National Mall and Memorial Parks Cherry Blossom Web Cam


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