Cherry blossoms bloom early in DC, but hundreds of trees to be axed (includes video story)

The peak bloom season for cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. began early this year due to rising temperatures. Despite the early arrival, it’s a bittersweet spring for over 140 trees in the tidal basin area that will be cut down because of rising water levels.

The water levels have produced muddy and slippery conditions for visitors and also made it dangerous for the cherry trees. The flooding could potentially kill them if the sea wall is not heightened.

“Cherry blossoms are the D.C. thing, and you can only really see them here, ” said annual visitor Youngsoo Jang. She understands that the construction can be good in the long run but still finds it unfortunate to see iconic D.C. flora removed.

Sophia Bolivar is a senior at FIU majoring in digital journalism and focusing her studies on criminal justice. Sharing a love for both writing and photography has led her to pursue a career in journalism.