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Cherry Blossoms Enter Stage 4; Puffy White Blossoms on the Way

The iconic yoshino cherry trees decorating the Tidal Basin, the most common variety in D.C., have officially reached Stage 4 of their blooming period

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    The iconic yoshino cherry trees decorating the Tidal Basin, the most common variety in D.C., have officially reached Stage 4 of their blooming period.

    The stage, known as peduncle elongation, means pink buds are now visible on trees, but they have not quite bloomed.

    Stage 5, when puffy white blossoms are visible, will be the penultimate stage before peak bloom.

    Over the past 15 years, there's typically been a week-long wait between Stages 4 and 5.

    Of course, the National Park Service cautions that they can't predict peak bloom with any sort of accuracy more than 10 days out and nature sometimes messes with the blooms.

    In 2017, for instance, a frost killed nearly half of the yoshino blossoms, and pushed peak bloom back by almost a month.

    The weather has been looking good so far this year, so keep checking our daily forecasts to find out when peak bloom finally arrives.

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