Cherry Blossom Tree

A Centennial Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

One of the hallmarks of the spring season that we look forward to each year is the blooming of the cherry blossom tree. You might recall that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held each year to celebrate these beautiful trees and the history of their place here in the U.S.

Cherry Blossom Tree
Cherry Blossom Trees, like these at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, have long been a sign of the springtime.

Almost a century ago, the mayor of Tokyo presented Washington, DC with the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to signify the friendship held between Japan and the United States. Since then, the nation has celebrated the occasion with “the nation’s greatest springtime celebration,” the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is currently underway.

In honor of this year’s Festival’s Centennial Celebration, a vote is even being held for the nation to decide America’s Favorite Cherry Tree. Americans are asked to choose the Autumn Flowering Cherry, the Yoshino Cherry, or the Kwansan Cherry as their favorite. Then, at the conclusion of the Festival and on Arbor Day, April 27th, the winning tree will be announced.

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