Washington • Washington's famous cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom Thursday, just in time to provide a colorful finale to the city's spring festival, the National Park Service said.
Park officials had predicted the peak bloom would arrive between April 8 and April 12, and they bloomed on target. Peak bloom means at least 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are blossoming with pink and white flowers.
The Yoshino cherry trees usually bloom for seven to 10 days, said park spokesman Brian Hall. The length of the blooming period depends on the weather. Strong winds and rain can blow the petals off all the flowers within minutes, but the forecast looks good.