Washington, D.C.‘s cherry blossoms are predicted to reach peak bloom earlier than usual this year, beginning around March 22. Recent Library visitors may have already seen the Yoshino trees on the Library’s Capitol Hill campus in bloom as early as last week, as pictured here.
Did you know there are multiple cherry blossom varieties growing across the city? For example, you might notice the kwanzan blooms closer to peak bloom. The Library’s digital image collections are rich with illustrations, prints, and photos of the different kinds of cherry blossoms. Learn more about the legal process behind these trees’ arrival a century ago here.
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