WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Wednesday marks the beginning of the forecast peak bloom for the Cherry Blossoms, but the trees appear to be scoffing at what the experts have predicted.

There are many buds that are partially open, giving the trees a dark purple tint. Other tightly compacted green buds are yet to bloom at all.

The National Park Service’s indicator tree, a slightly different variety of Cherry Blossom tree that blooms one week before the main crop, bloomed on Monday.

If the blossoms are to reach their peak as predicted, it will likely be in the latter days of the April 3-6 window, meaning sightseers will be in for a treat this weekend.

Related: 2013 Cherry Blossom Guide

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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