Awesome Blossoms!

D.C.'s cherry blossom trees are without a doubt the stars of springtime

Somya Thakur, Social Media Director

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  • D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival happens annually, and you can see them bloom throughout the area.

    all photos by Somya Thakur

  • In 1909, the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., informed the U.S. that the city of Tokyo intended to donate 2,000 cherry trees to the United States to be planted along the Potomac.

  • Cherry blossoms are Japan's national flower.

  • The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates more than spring; they symbolize friendship between Japan and the U.S.

  • U.S. cherry blossom trees go back as far as 1912.

  • They make up the best selling fragrance in the U.S.

  • There are 200 different varieties of cherry blossom trees.

  • Cherry blossom trees have a short life span, coming in at 16-20 years.

  • Cherry blossom trees have edible petals. You can add them to cookies, cakes, and jellies.