Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–171. Cherry designated official fruit.

(a) Twenty-six states have an official fruit, 2 of which picked their official fruit based on suggestions from children.

(b) Washington, D.C. is named in honor of our first president, George Washington, who is symbolically associated with the cherry because of the well-known tale of the president, as a child, and a certain cherry tree, the moral of which was the importance of honesty.

(c) Every year, the District of Columbia holds the Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a parade and other events celebrating the beauty of the cherry tree and the original gift, in 1912, of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C.

(d) Washington, D.C. is more closely associated with the cherry than any other fruit.

(e) The matter of an official fruit was studied by the students in Mr. Bunton’s class at Bowen Elementary School, and they proposed that the cherry be named the official fruit of the District of Columbia.

(f) The District of Columbia Board of Education supports the students.

(g) The cherry is hereby designated the official fruit of the District of Columbia.


(Sept. 29, 2006, D.C. Law 16-171, § 2, 53 DCR 6227.)

Editor's Notes

Former § 1-171 has been recodified as § 1-151.