Spring Cherry Blossoms: Peak Bloom Cherry Tree Flowers Attract Visitors To Parks Around The World [PHOTOS]

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While spring may have officially started at the end of March for the Northern Hemisphere, there’s no better indicator that the warmer season has finally arrived than the blooming of cherry blossoms in April, which can be seen all over the globe.

Cherry blossoms, which bloom from trees native to East Asia and belong to the Prunus category of trees and shrubs, are usually most prominently associated with Japan. The blooms attract tourists from Seoul, Tokyo, Washington, London and other cities. 

The Japanese cherry trees first appeared in the United States in 1912 along the Tidal Basin, a partially man-made reservoir that is part of the West Potomac Park and the focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring in the nation's capital. Japan made a gift of 2,000 cherry trees to the U.S. in 1910, but unfortunately they had to be destroyed because of infestations from nematodes, or roundworms, and other insects. The destroyed trees were eventually replaced with 3,020 new ones, which were planted along the Tidal Basin and the White House grounds.

Further east in Korea, cherry blossom spectators were seen surrounding themselves with the fresh spring flowers in the Seoul National Cemetery. In Japan, cherry blossoms festivals are being held throughout the country as the cherry blossoms continue to bloom.

In the U.S. capital, the flowers are already in their peak bloom state, making this weekend one of the best times to see the blossoms, the National Park Service said. But don't wait too long. Frost and cold weather can shorten the blooming period, which can last as long as two weeks.

Take a closer look at cherry blossoms blooming all over the world in the photos below.

Cherry Blossoms Washington D.C.

People walk among the famed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 9, 2014. Washington's display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC April 9 2

People enjoy the famed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 9, 2014. Washington's display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. Reuters/Jonthan Ernst

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC April 9 3

The famed cherry trees blossom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 9, 2014. Washington's display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. Reuters/Jonthan Ernst

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC April 9 4

The famed cherry trees blossom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 9, 2014. Washington's display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. Reuters/Jonthan Ernst

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC April 9 7

A Buddhist monk photographs emerging cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 8, 2014. Peak blooms are expected later this week. Reuters/Gary Cameron

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC April 9 5

Darlene Yarrington, of Fredericksburg, Va., has her picture taken with the famed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 9, 2014. Washington's display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. Reuters/Jonthan Ernst

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC April 9 6

A man takes pictures of the famed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 9, 2014. Washington's display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. Reuters/Jonthan Ernst

Cherry Blossoms London April 10 2

A visitor photographs cherry blossom on trees in Greenwich Park in south London, April 10, 2014. Reuters/Toby Melville

Cherry Blossoms London April 10 1

A visitor photographs cherry blossom on trees in Greenwich Park in south London, April 10, 2014. Reuters/Toby Melville

Cherry Blossoms Japan April 6 1

Visitors stand under illuminated cherry blossoms beginning to scatter along the Chidorigafuchi moats in Tokyo, April 6, 2014. Many people enjoy viewing the blossoms across the country during this season. Reuters/Yuya Shino

Cherry blossom japan

Rainwater drips from cherry blossoms at a Tokyo park during the beginning of the cherry blossom season, March 30, 2014. Reuters/Issei Kato

Cherry Blossoms Korea April 8 1

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (front) takes a walk under cherry blossom trees during his visits to the National Cemetery in Seoul, April 8, 2014. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Cherry Blossoms Korea April 8 2

Women take photographs of cherry blossom trees during a sunny spring day at the National Cemetery in Seoul, April 8, 2014. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Cherry Blossoms Korea April 9 2

A woman holding her baby tries to catch a cherry blossom scattered by the wind during a sunny spring day at the National Cemetery in Seoul, April 8, 2014. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Cherry Blossoms Tokyo April 9 8

Men pass an electronic stock quotation board, as cherry blossoms bloom, outside a brokerage in Tokyo, April 9, 2014. Reuters/Issei Kato

Cherry Blossoms Tokyo April 9 9

Visitors ride a boat in the Chidorigafuchi moat, as they enjoy fully bloomed cherry blossoms, during spring season in Tokyo. Reuters/Issei Kato

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