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Stats You Didn’t Know About DC’s Cherry Blossoms

Photograph by Angela B. Pan.

Read more from our Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms here


Number of cherries produced by the trees—a flowering-only species


Number of different peak-bloom pre­dictions by the National Park Service in 2017, due to volatile weather


Average temperature at peak bloom over the past decade


Number of Tidal Basin cherry trees cut down by vandals after Pearl Harbor


Earliest peak bloom


Average peak-bloom date


Latest peak bloom


Number of cherry trees across all DC National Park sites


Current finishing-time record in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, set by Allan Kiprono of Kenya in 2012

This article appears in the April 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

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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.