Designated Survivors: Our Last Hopes for Cherry Blossom Sightings Are Some of These Varieties

Some of the Yoshino cherry blossoms have been damaged by the deep freeze -- but with 11 more varieties of cherry trees in the District, there may still be hope to see some blossoms. Here's where to find them, how to spot them and what we know about their blooming schedules.

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Pictured: A closeup of a Yoshino cherry tree in Japan. The most abundant type of cherry tree along the Tidal Basin, the Yoshinos make up 70 percent of the 3,800 cherry tree total. But the blossoms that had already reached phase 5 of its 6 blooming phases have suffered "widespread damage" from the freezing cold weather, the National Park Service said.
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Pictured: Kwanzan cherry blossom in Hamarikyu Gardens, a public park in Tokyo, Japan. Kwanzan trees make up 12.6 percent of the total cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. Kwanzan cherry trees -- the second-most abundant species in D.C. after the Yoshinos -- bloom 10-14 days after the Yoshinos. Because the Kwanzan cherry trees bloom later, their buds are protected from the bitter cold we're experiencing right now, the NPS said Wednesday. The Kwanzan trees are projected to bloom April 10-13 this year. They produce large, dense flowers with clear pink double blossoms. Find them in East Potomac Park on the Lower Potomac River side, near Buckeye Drive SW.
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The Shirofugen cherry tree blooms later than most cherry trees. You can recognize these blooms by their fluffy pink petals. They make up less than one percent of trees in the area. To find these blossoms, try the area along Ohio Drive SW just south of Independence Avenue, south of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
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The Usuzumi-zakura cherry tree variety also blooms after the Yoshinos, and the blossoms change from pink to white. In Japan, some Usuzumis are more than 1,500 years old. In D.C., they are just 1.3 percent of D.C.'s cherry trees. Find them along Ohio Drive SW, northwest of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
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The autumn flowering cherry trees can bloom at any time of year, including fall and during warm spells in the winter. Look for smaller, less showy blossoms. You can find these trees near Bathing Beach, just slightly northeast of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The autumn flowering cherry trees make up three percent of the 3,800 cherry trees at the Tidal Basin.
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The Akebono is a variant of the more common cherry tree and is located along Ohio Drive SW near Independence Avenue, just south of the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Making up three percent of D.C.'s cherry trees, these small blossoms look very similar to the classic Yoshino cherry blossoms but have a slightly pink look. The NPS says they are also "less showy." (Note: We're waiting to hear back from the NPS on when this variety blooms.)
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The Fugenzo trees are a great example of how cherry trees are grafted and are easily distinguished by their thick, straight trunks, according to the NPS. They're located along Ohio Drive SW on the Lower Potomac River side, west of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. (Note: We're waiting to hear back from the NPS on when this variety blooms.)
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Sargent cherry trees are planted individually and scattered throughout Potomac Park, making up less than one percent of the cherry tree total. You can find some southwest of the Jefferson Memorial, just south of the Washington Channel bridge. To spot these small pink blooms, look for the leaves that unfurl with a purplish or bronze hue. (Note: We're waiting to hear back from the NPS on when this variety blooms.)
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The Takesimensis cherry trees have shorter, stubbier twigs compared to other cherry varieties. They were planted at Hains Point, the tip of land between the Washington Channel and the lower Potomac River, because they were expected to better tolerate the flood-prone area. These trees make up five percent of D.C.'s cherry tree total. (Note: We're waiting to hear back from the NPS on when this variety blooms.)
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Pictured: A closeup of a Weeping Higan cherry tree in the Koshinetsu region of Japan. Weeping cherry trees are easily identified by their long, drooping branches. They are found throughout the park, making up 2.4 percent of the cherry trees there, but you can find some along the Washington Channel by the Ohio Drive SW and Buckeye Drive SW intersection. (Note: We're waiting to hear back from the NPS on when this variety blooms.)
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Afterglow cherry trees bloom early and tend to peak ahead of the Yoshino blossoms -- so it's probably too late to see them year. These make up less than one percent of D.C.'s total cherry trees and are situated just south of the U.S. Interior Department and U.S. Park Police buildings, along the Lower Potomac River side of Potomac Park.
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Okame cherry trees make up less than one percent of D.C.'s tree total and also have an earlier bloom and peak before the Yoshinos. Their bright pink blooms with longer, thinner pedals make them easy to spot. Find these near the cherry blossom shuttle stop on the Washington Channel side of Ohio Drive SW, just north of the Francis Case Memorial Bridge.
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