Every spring, nearly 1,700 Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year. This site brings together information about visiting the cherry blossoms and Washington DC, peak bloom forecasts, and up-to-date photos so that you can plan your own visit or follow along from afar.
There are still a few more leaves to come down on the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, but for the most part the branches are bare as the trees settle in for the winter.
If you’re curious about how the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin look in the summer, here are some photos taken this morning on a beautifully clear and still day.
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have come and gone for the year and are now getting replaced on the trees with green leaves.
The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and on their way out, but as of this morning there are still plenty of flowers to see.
The cherry blossoms are losing their petals quickly now, and today’s rain will help speed the process along.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are particularly pretty and tend to come out 10-14 days after the Yoshinos. So if you miss the end of the Yoshino cherry blossoms’ bloom, the Kwanzans can offer beautiful consolation.
The Yoshinos are becoming more pink, and green leaves are sprouting on more trees. Today’s wind and tomorrow’s rain are likely to knock many of the petals off.
Spring is most definitely here today, and the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are looking stunning.
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2016.
The short answer is that there’s no easy answer. On average, the peak bloom occurs sometime around the last week or so of March through the first week or so of April. But precisely when during that period varies year to year. So here’s the longer version.
Some local recommendations on where to stay if you’re visiting from out of town to see the cherry blossoms.
Information on the best ways to get down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms, including by Metro, by car, and by bike.
So what exactly is “peak bloom” anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter?
Cherry Blossom Photo Tips
If you’re heading down to take photos of the cherry blossoms at sunrise or sunset, here are the times for April 2105 to aim for.
Ideas for playing to the strengths of the camera you have with you all the time.
The sun can be a very dramatic addition to your photos of Washington DC’s cherry blossoms.