How much do you really know about cherry blossoms?

It's cherry blossom season. But how much do you know about the flowering trees?

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Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The cherry trees were given to Washington, D.C., in 1912 as a gift from what country?

Canada

Japan

Italy

China

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U.S. National Arboretum

True or false: The first 2,000 cherry trees that arrived in Washington were sick and infested with bugs. President William Howard Taft ordered them to be burned.

True

False

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Andrew Harnik/AP

Peak bloom occurs when 70 percent of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom. When was the earliest peak bloom?

March 1

March 15

March 20

March 23

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Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post

Most of Washington's cherry trees grow around the Tidal Basin, where the Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials are located. There are many cherry tree species here, some with funny names. Which of these is made up?

Weeping cherry

Afterglow cherry

Kwanzan cherry

Sunshine cherry

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Robb S. Chastain/The Washington Post

True or false: The Tidal Basin was once used for swimming and even had a beach.

True

False

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Koji Sasahara/Associated Press

Which city if the cherry blossom capital of the world?

Charleston, South Carolina

Washington, D.C.

Tokyo, Japan

Macon, Georgia

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Cheriss May/Reuters


About how long is the blooming period for cherry blossoms?

Three days

Two weeks

Six weeks

One month