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The National Park Service tweeted out a bloom watch update: the cherry blossoms are at a phase called ‘peduncle elongation’ — roughly stage 4 of 6 for the blossoms — meaning peak bloom is just around the corner.

Cherry blossom season often evokes a mixed reaction in Alexandrians and others around the region.


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Peak cherry blossom season is scheduled to hit later this month, but locals don’t need to go to D.C. to see them.

Visit Alexandria compiled a list of several events planned this month around Alexandria celebrating both cherry blossoms themselves and some of the cultural context around the beautiful pink trees.


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The cherry blossoms are an annual regional highlight, and Visit Alexandria has announced a suite of new and returning events around the city to experience the season.

Guidance on exploring during cherry blossom season was a little more tepid last year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, but such concerns were notably absent from the this year’s announcement and downward-trending case counts.


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With this week giving Alexandrians their first taste of warmer weather, locals are turning their attention to the upcoming cherry blossom season.

This cherry blossom season, generally running through March and April, is a regional celebration of the Japanese tree marred for the second year by the specter of COVID-19.