How D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms Almost Didn’t Bloom : NPR

The first group of trees arrived in Washington early in 1910. They were inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found to be infested with “several kinds of pests, big bugs, little bugs, and fungi, some of them unknown to this country and therefore extremely dangerous.”
The trees had to be burned, and, to avoid a diplomatic incident, regrets were sent to the Japanese people.

How D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms Almost Didn’t Bloom : NPR

The first group of trees arrived in Washington early in 1910. They were inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found to be infested with “several kinds of pests, big bugs, little bugs, and fungi, some of them unknown to this country and therefore extremely dangerous.”

The trees had to be burned, and, to avoid a diplomatic incident, regrets were sent to the Japanese people.