WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service said Washington’s cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom this week as predicted.
The park service said the trees reached peak bloom Thursday. That means at least 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are blossoming with pink and white flowers.
This year’s peak bloom comes slightly later than average because of cold weather. The average bloom date since 1992 is March 31. Last year, they reached peak bloom April 9. The trees bloomed as late as April 18 in 1958. Park officials predicted a peak bloom this year between April 8-12.
The Yoshino cherry trees usually bloom for several days. The length of the blooming period depends on the weather.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival goes through today.