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Only Two Weeks Left to Vote for "America's Favorite Cherry Tree"

date 04/13/12



For more information, contact

Sean Barry, 402-473-9563

sbarry@arborday.org

Washington, DC (April 12, 2012) – "America's Favorite Cherry Tree," an online poll launched in January by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will conclude on Friday, April 27.

"America's Favorite Cherry Tree" is live at arborday.org/cherryvote and allows participants to cast their vote for one of three finalists: the Yoshino, Kwanzan, or Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree. Participants can also purchase from among a collection of individual cherry trees suitable for their own backyard and climate, with a portion of every sale benefiting the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

So far, 6,000 people from all 50 states and more than 25 countries have participated in the poll, and one of the three cherry trees has held a commanding lead since the January launch.

Results of the online voting will be announced on National Arbor Day on April 27, 2012, the last day of this year's Festival in Washington, DC.

"Whether you missed the peak bloom, or saw it and already miss it, this exciting poll and opportunity to purchase online is a great way to continue celebrating cherry blossoms," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

"By voting in the poll and purchasing a cherry tree, Americans can bring the Centennial Celebration to both their computer and backyard," said Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The three finalists were included in the gift from the mayor of Tokyo in 1912 and have become favorites along Washington, DC's Tidal Basin, as well as in yards, parks and neighborhoods across the United States.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

About the National Cherry Blossom Festival: The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2012 Festival, March 20 through April 27, includes five spectacular weeks of events and features diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and community spirit.