Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Expected March 14-17

Mark your calendar! Officials say the peak bloom for Washington's cherry blossoms could be just two weeks away. 

The National Park Service says peak bloom is expected to take place between March 14 through March 17. 

Last year's peak bloom happened March 25. According to the National Park Service website, however, from 2013 to 2015, peak bloom was around April 10. 

Peak bloom means at least 70 percent of the trees around Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin are blossoming. Once peak bloom is reached, the blossoms can remain on the trees from four to 10 days. 

This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival was scheduled to begin March 20, but the festival is being moved up to March 15 to coincide with peak bloom. The festival will run until April 16. 

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