Symbols around the Tidal Basin: What D.C.'s 12 types of cherry blossoms represent
In ancient Japan, cherry blossoms symbolized the Earth's fertility. In the 1900s, they came to represent the friendship between the United States and Japan. Now, they exemplify the beauty of the District and the beginning of two of its most important seasons (spring and tourist). A look at the city's fleeting flowering symbols:
SOURCE: Photos: Courtesy of Terry J. Adams, National Park Service; Alan Whittemore, U.S. National Arboretum; Katie Hetrick, University
of California at Davis; japan-guide.com. Sources: National Park Service, George Washington's Mount Vernon.. GRAPHIC: Samuel Granados - The Washington Post. Published March 13, 2015.