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๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ Peak Bloom Could Arrive Early, National Park Service Says ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

Those blooms are coming, people.

Photograph by Evy Mages

Peak bloom is likely to arrive “on the early side” of the National Park Service’s prediction of March 22-25, or maybe even before then.

Peak bloom occurs when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees around the Tidal Basin have their petals open. The Park Service declared the blossoms had hit the peduncle elongation stageโ€”the most fun pre-peak-bloom phase to sayโ€”over the weekend. Typically, the puffy white stage begins a couple of days later, followed by peak bloom a few days after that.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.