PHOTOS: Cherry blossom trees bloom early in Fairmount Park

Though the festival celebrating Philadelphia’s 1,000 cherry blossom trees won’t be held for nearly three more months, the flowers are unfurling early this year.

The buds are usually associated with the start of spring, since they tend not to open until March. But flowers could be seen amid the snow and frost today in Fairmount Park.

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia planted the Fairmount Park cherry trees to mirror a sesquicentennial gift to the city made by the same group in the mid-1920s.

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