The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Keeping the Cherry Trees Healthy
Flowering cherry trees need constant care to keep them growing and blooming well. They are pruned once a year to remove damaged or diseased limbs. A second annual pruning shapes the trees. Soil that has been compacted – one of the great dangers to the trees’ health – must be aerated so that oxygen and moisture can reach their roots. Dead trees are replaced with young saplings grown from cuttings so the original stock is constantly replenished. Healthy, well-maintained trees live longer and produce more blooms. National Park Service arborists have been so successful in their work that about 100 of the more than 3,000 trees planted in 1912 survive today.
A Gift for Japan
The famed cherry trees along the Arakawa River near Tokyo, which provided the parent stock for the original 1912 gift to Washington, D.C., had fallen into decline after World War II. Japan requested assistance in rejuvenating the grove in the Adachi Ward; in 1952, the National Park Service shipped budwood from descendants of the original trees to Tokyo.
Cherry Trees Are Their Business
The trees have been cared for and maintained using the best-known tree care practices since they arrived from the city of Tokyo in 1912. The tree crew is made up of trained professionals and certified arborists. They are dedicated, many
Keeping tools clean and sharp is essential for successful pruning. Clean cuts made by bypass pruners, hand saws, and chain saws minimize the danger that pests or disease will harm the trees. Wearing proper clothing and googles protects the tree crew members.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 53.202′ N, 77° 2.263′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Independence Avenue, SW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is along the walking path around the Tidal Basin, near the Floral Library and the eastern end of the Kutz Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 391 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gift of Trees - The 1910 Shipment (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Paul Jones Memorial (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named John Paul Jones Memorial (about 800 feet away); Washington Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Symbol of International Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson Pier (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.