Normally when you think of cherry blossoms, you think of Washington D.C. or Japan.

But unbeknownst to a lot of tourists, Macon, Georgia is the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

William A. Fickling Sr. discovered the distinctive blooms in his backyard in 1949. Since then, more than 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees have taken root in Macon.

There's even an international festival that celebrates them, playfully nicknamed the "Pinkest Party on Earth." 

We talked with Macon arborist Derrick Catlett about the history and science behind these beautiful, blush-colored trees.

Host Adam Ragusea talks with local Macon arborist Derrick Catlett.

The International Cherry Blossom Festival goes from March 16- 25 in Macon, Georgia.