Peak bloom for DC's cherry blossoms delayed by frigid temps

University of Washington

University of Washington

The following are place to enjoy the blooms.

Tickets for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony are already sold out.

Peak bloom is defined as the day when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees around the city's Tidal Basin are blossoming. Once peak bloom is reached, the blossoms can remain on the trees from four to 10 days. The NPS, which tracks the progress of the flowers' blooms, said because temperatures have been colder than originally forecast over the last 10 days, the peak bloom predictions have shifted.

The National Park Service announced Monday peak bloom dates for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry trees have been pushed back. Subway Nanboku Line, Komagome Station; 300 yen; 03-3941-2222. Last year's crop went through a similar pattern, when another warm February was followed up by temperatures plunging in March and nipping away at the blossoms' development.

SUMIDA RIVER CHERRY FESTIVAL: March 21- April 10; about 1,000 trees along the Sumida River, illuminated 5-9:30 p.m. on March 21-April 10, and now a popular spot for visitors because Tokyo SkyTree is close by; five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza-Line or seven-minute walk from Honjo Azumabashi Station on Toei Asakusa-Line; 03-5608-6951.

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