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Cherry Blossom Phases Before Peak Bloom, Ranked

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1. Peduncle elongation (five to ten days before peak bloom)

2. Puffy white (four to six days before peak bloom)

3. Florets visible (16 to 21 days before peak bloom)

4. Green color in buds

5. Extension of florets (12 to 17 days before peak bloom)

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.