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NPS announces Peak Bloom Predictions for National Blossom Cherry Festival

March 4, 2010, 8:45 am

Courtesy of NCBF (E.David Luria)The cherry trees at the National Mall and Memorial Parks are expected to blossom once again during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.

National Park Service horticulturalist and cherry tree expert Rob DeFeo, announced today that he predicts the blooming period will start March 31 and last until April 11.

DeFeo checked out the buds and said the peak bloom should be from April 3-8. Peak bloom is when 70 percent of the trees reach bloom.

He said if that holds true, this will be the 10th year in a row that the bloom peaked during the festival.