Cherry Blossom Watch 2020 Wrap Up

A wrap up of the curtailed 2020 DC cherry blossom season. See you again in 2021!

Washington DC's famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28, 2021. They're now done for the year.

You can find the most recent updates here.

Local officials are strongly urging people to avoid the Tidal Basin area. In the past few days, they’ve upgraded their warnings from “be careful” to “please don’t come.” To discourage visitors, they’ve closed roads nearby, and Metro has closed some nearby stations.

To comply with these stay-away recommendations, I’m going to cut short the coverage this year. As a result, last Friday’s update, when the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom, will be the last update for this season. As much as I would love to be able to continue posting more photos and videos of the beautiful blossoms to take our minds off everything else going on for a few moments, I can no longer do it while safely sticking to official guidance on visiting the Tidal Basin.

I very much appreciate everyone’s kind words and support this season when so few people had the opportunity to see the blossoms in person. Thank you. I look forward to next year’s bloom, which will certainly be just as beautiful as ever and hopefully come in happier and calmer times.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from this year’s cherry blossoms (and one of the magnolias). These were taken between March 14 and 20. And you can find some more from previous years here.

Stay safe, and see you again in 2021!

Saucer Magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?

If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.

The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the historic National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.

Last updated March 23, 2020

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  • I came to Washington DC at Christmas time 2019 for the very first time visiting my Daughter in the Navy. I was looking forwarded to coming back to see the Cherry Blossoms something that's always been on my Bucket List. Covid19 has changed our whole world but I'llI be there in 2021 ready to see this wonderful sight.

  • Thanks so much for this. I was counting on being able to drive down from Philly this year, but didn't and this was the next best thing.

  • Thank you! Stay safe! A visit will remain on our ‘bucket list’ .... the anticipation of seeing this remains strong! Hopefully, next year!

  • Hello Cherry Blossom Watch, I have been wanting to suggest that you have a drone fly over the Cherry Blossoms all over Washington, D.C. so that we may see them in all their splendor. However, I see from above that you are afraid that might only encouragement people to go downtown to visit them in person. Anyway, maybe another time. But I do think it would be wonderful! Thank you for all you do. Stay safe.

    • Thanks for the idea, but while I agree it would be a spectacular view, unfortunately that definitely won't be happening. The entire area is a strict No Drone Zone. More information on why here.

  • I has been in two peak bloom, and for me it was a dream, like no other
    That blooms was a bleesing from the sky
    I should arrive by thursday, but with the situation all flights from my country was cancelled
    Thanks for your dedication and responsability
    someday, i'll return to the site where the dreams come true

    Thank you David

  • Thank you for a job well done again. We, like many others followed the wishes of our leaders to not come to DC. Unfortunately many others decided to attend and put people in jeopardy of being infected. I hope their being there will not lead to any serious repercussions for others that they come in contact with.
    I look forward to 2021 and your updates. Until then have a wonderful year when we get back to normal.

  • Thank you for being responsible and not posting additional photos. The ones with this notice are stunning. I like that you encouraged you fans to look local for cherry blossoms. I have 2 cherry trees in my front yard, one has peaked and the other soon. Until next year.

  • Thank you SO MUCH for all your updates this year that have meant so much, especially to those who have anxiously watched as their hopes of visiting in-person this year became dashed by the increasing threat of Covid-19! My children and I have been visiting the Tidal Basin cherry blooms yearly for at least the last 20 years (it's become our family tradition!). With all the myriad sights, sounds, and multitudes of people, we have used the trip as an important "exposure" for each of the guide dog puppies we have raised for The Seeing Eye since 2003! Once we discovered your beautiful and meticulous online updates, planning a trip close to peak bloom ceased to be the "hit-or-miss" gamble we once hazarded - so we owe you many years' thanks for successfully timed trips! May God Bless You for showcasing the glories of His marvelous creation, and may you remain in health despite the risks you have taken to bless and inform the rest of us!