Concern Growing Over Cherry Trees Long-Term Future As Tidal Basin Floods

Concern Growing Over Cherry Trees Long-Term Future As Tidal Basin Floods

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- All right, we hope you got your pictures, because the peak bloom from the cherry blossoms has come and gone. But now there's a new focus on the actual trees and concern over their long-term future. The Trust for the National Mall says there is a crisis at the tidal basin impacting the trees. Due to urbanization and sea water rising, there are some parts of the area that flood every day. And that means the trees are literally drowning, becoming more fragile. So now the trust is looking for ways to secure the basin.

CATHERINE TOWNSEND: What do we do with the cherry tree walk? Do we need to widen it, do we need to create some better systems and structures? Because when it gets crowded down there, as we all know, then visitors actually stand on the roots. So that's damaging these beautiful trees.

- Well, right now, there are more than 3,000 of those cherry trees along the tidal basin, and 12 of them are the originals-- we're talking from 1912. The average lifespan of the cherry trees is 40 to 50 years.