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Are DC’s Cherry Blossoms The Best In the World?

Not if you compare them to these crops.

Photograph by Angela B. Pan.

Read more from our Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms here

Turns out Washington’s got nothing on these splendid expanses.

Mount Yoshino, Japan

Tree count: 30,000
Bragging rights: Blooming begins at the base of this mountain—which shares a name with Japan’s most common varietal—then ascends as the season continues.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Tree count: 40,000
Bragging rights: Originating in a gift of 500 trees from Japan in the 1930s, the city’s bounty now numbers 54 varieties.

Macon, Georgia

Tree count: 350,000
Bragging rights: A real-estate agent found a Yoshino in his yard in 1949 but didn’t identify it till years later while in DC. He planted trees across town, now the biggest crop stateside.

Jerte Valley, Spain

Tree count: 2,000,000
Bragging rights: Viewing these stretches of trees is supposedly akin to seeing freshly fallen snow, so dense are the fields of white blossoms.

This article appears in the April 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

Staff Writer

Michael J. Gaynor has written about fake Navy SEALs, a town without cell phones, his Russian spy landlord, and many more weird and fascinating stories for the Washingtonian. He lives in DC, where his landlord is no longer a Russian spy.