(WHTM) — Each spring, tourists travel to Washington D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
But these flowers did not originate in the nation’s capital and can be found on the West Coast, as well.
They are undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and beautiful flowers in the world. These pale pink Japanese flowers are called sakura in Japan, and they draw people from far and wide hoping to just catch a glimpse of them. But more than that, they signify renewal and are an indication that spring has finally arrived. The peak time for bloom is usually late March into early April.
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The Cherry Blossom is widely celebrated in Asian countries, but you can find them in San Diego at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.
Mariah Williams of the Japanese Friendship Garden says like many places where they grow — the cherry trees were a gift and are a symbol of our longtime friendship with Japan. For most cherry blossoms, the springtime bloom is extremely short-lived, but not in San Diego.
“You can see that all of our azaleas start to bloom, which adds even more pink to the garden,” Williams said. “Cherry blossoms typically only last a week to two weeks. I do feel like ours seem to last a longer because the weather in San Diego is different than in Japan. Sometimes one tree will be in bloom and the next hasn’t blossomed yet, so we get a more elongated blooming experience here.”
“That’s part of the beauty of the blossoms is they don’t really last that long, so you really want to take that moment to come to experience it for yourself and enjoy the beauty of the blossoms,” she added.