Check out 5 fun facts about D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival:
Here are 5 fun facts about the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.
Number 5 -- In 1912, Tokyo, Japan gave 3000 trees to the United States as a gesture of friendship. Approximately 150 trees still remain from that first donation.
Number 4 -- Roughly 1.5 million people come to Washington DC each year to watch them bloom and to take part in the associated activities.
Number 3 -- The gorgeous cherry trees grow in three major park areas including the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park and in East Potomac Park.
Number 2 -- The trees continually require watering, pruning, disease and insect control, fertilization and wound treatment. These tasks are carried out by the Tree Crew for National Capital Parks-Central.
Number 1 -- In 1910, the very first shipment of cherry tress arrived in Washington D.C. from Japan. Two thousands of those trees had to be destroyed due to disease, as they were infested with roundworms and other insects.