Blossom is the flowers that appear on a tree before the fruit.
The cherry blossom came out early in Washington this year.
...the blossoms of plants, shrubs and trees.
If someone or something blossoms, they develop good, attractive, or successful qualities.
Why do some people take longer than others to blossom?...
What began as a local festival has blossomed into an international event.
...the blossoming relationship between Israel and Eastern Europe. = bloom