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December 11, 2016

Tidal Basin photo taken December 10, 1941: "Oriental cherry trees."

Below in an Associated Press photo taken on December 10, 1941, a woman named Joy Cummings poses on saddle horse with one of four Japanese cherry trees vandalized at Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin near Jefferson Memorial. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor of course occurred three days earlier, and the United States had just entered World War II. For the next six years, until 1947, America's Japanese cherry trees--first received from Japan and planted in 1912--were referred to as Oriental cherry trees.

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Posted by JD Hull at December 11, 2016 10:39 AM

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