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Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak

April 10, 2014

The cherry blossoms reach peak bloom today, the National Park Service says in the latest date in a decade. Peak bloom means at least 70 percent of the blossoms on the cherry trees along the Tidal Basin are open. It also means that there will be a crush of photographers, tourists and brave D.C. residents in that area. A special reminder: Do not pick the blossoms. Not only is it against the law, but it damages the trees. From NPS: “Picking them off the tree for yourself is not OK. Whenever a twig is broken off of a tree, new blossoms will never grow from that part of the tree again.” (dcist)

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