Beloved cherry trees at Oregon Capitol damaged in ice storm

The Statesman Journal reports that at least two of the 150 Akebono flowering cherry trees will need to be removed and the rest will be thinned out significantly.

Posted: Feb 20, 2021 4:58 PM

SALEM, Ore -- The regionally famous cherry trees on Oregon's Capitol Mall were damaged in last weekend's ice storm.

The Statesman Journal reports that at least two of the 150 Akebono flowering cherry trees will need to be removed and the rest will be thinned out significantly.

The storm last weekend coated power lines and trees with a layer of ice an inch thick.

The cherry trees, planted in 1992, attract visitors from around the region when they bloom in March and April and inspired the Capitol's annual Cherry Blossom Day.

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