Washington DC's famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28, 2021. They're now done for the year.
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The cherry blossoms are past their prime now, some trees have lost more petals than others, and green leaves are coming through. But there are still plenty of blossoms out, and they’re still looking lovely. If you look up close, you can see some are tinted pink now, although it doesn’t appear to be as dramatic overall as it is in some years. They’re also quite fragile now, and every breath of wind is creating more cherry blossom snow.
It’s a beautiful morning, calm and quiet. And plenty of sun.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms aren’t out just yet, but they’re not far away. I’ve included a few photos of them below.
And if you were lucky enough to make it to the Tidal Basin in person this year and have some photos you’d like to share with those who couldn’t make it, you can find the submission form for this year’s Reader Photos below. I’ll be posting a selection over the next few days.
Here are some photos of how it’s looking this morning.
Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are from a variety that blooms later than the more famous ones around the Tidal Basin. There are fewer of them, but they’re especially pretty, with deep pink, intricate flowers. There are several groves of them near the Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, and Hains Point.
You can find more information about them here.
Here’s how they’re looking this morning. They’re not bloom yet, but they’re not far away from it.
Reader photo submissions for 2021 are now closed.
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.