On January 6, 1910, 2,000 cherry blossom timber arrived in Washington, D.C. from Japan. Nevertheless, planting was delayed, because the U.S. Division of Agriculture noticed, upon inspection, that they have been infested with bugs. In line with the Nationwide Park Service, the donated timber needed to be burned to forestall the infestation from spreading to different crops and timber within the space.
The Japanese despatched one other batch of three,020 cherry blossom timber that got here in several varieties. The timber arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1912 and in March of that 12 months, Helen Taft, together with the spouse of the Japanese Ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry timber (quite a lot of the cherry blossom tree) on the financial institution of the Potomac River, per Historical past. To this present day, the 2 timber nonetheless stand and the planting is memorialized with a bronze plaque that reads that the cherry blossom timber have been donated “as a gesture of excellent will by town of Tokyo.”