If you didn't catch peak bloom around the Tidal Basin last week, you haven't entirely missed the boat on the blossoms this spring. One variety of cherry tree is now if full bloom and can be enjoyed in one particular part of Washington, D.C.
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- (Photo: Adam Caskey/Adam Caskey | Date: Apr. 17, 2013)
Yes, most of the cherry trees in D.C. are past peak bloom and have dropped their pink and white blossoms. However, it's not too late to see some spectacular blossoms as not all cherry trees are the same. One variety in particular is blooming right now.
The most common and predominant type of cherry tree is the Yoshino, which is what we in Washington are the most familiar with lining the Tidal Basin. Of the 3770 total cherry trees on National Parks Service (NPS) land in D.C., 70% are Yoshino. The next most prevalent type of cherry tree on NPS sites is the Kwanzan cherry tree, but it still only comprises 13% of all varieties. The Kwanzan tree reaches peak bloom about two weeks after the popular Yoshino, and now is the right time to see them.
Personally, I think the Kwanzan variety is better looking because is has fuller, bigger blooms and are a richer color of pink. According to the NPS, "The Kwanzan cherry tree, named after a mountain in Japan, is growing primarily in East Potomac Park. Coming into bloom two weeks later than the Yoshino, the upright Kwanzan branches bear heavy clusters of clear pink double blossoms."
- East Potomac Park Kwanzan cherry tree (4/17/13)
414 Kwanzan cherry trees line East Potomac Park (Haine's Point), and the best viewing is directly across the river from Reagan National Airport. If you can't make it down to see these full blooms, check out my pictures in the photo gallery from around sunrise this morning. Not bad for an iphone - enjoy!
By the way, here's what's left of the Yoshino blossoms along the Tidal Basin:
- Yoshino cherry tree