WASHINGTON (March 4, 2013)--Washington's famous cherry tree blooms are expected to be at their best between March 26 and March 30, National Park Service cherry tree expert James Perry predicted Monday.
The average peak bloom date is April 4, but last year's peak came earlier on March 20, because of the warm weather.
Perry said the trees are blooming a little bit earlier than 50 or 75 years ago.
The cherry blossoms draw about 1 million visitors to the nation's capital each spring.
This year is the 101st anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.
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