Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 7, 2021

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are mostly done now. You can still find plenty of flowers, and some trees have more than others. But most of them are on their last legs.
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It's still too early to guess with any confidence when Washington DC's famous cherry blossoms will bloom in 2022. We won't start getting a sense of the timing until into the new year.

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

You can find the most recent updates here.

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are mostly done now. You can still find plenty of flowers, and some trees have more than others. But most of them are on their last legs.

For more blossoms, head around the long stretches of quiet road around East Potomac Park (aka Hains Point or the golf course). There are thousands of trees lining that road that seem to be a couple of days behind the Tidal Basin trees, and they still have plenty of flowers. You still can’t drive or park there, but it’s a very pleasant bike ride, scooter ride, or walk. It’s also very easy to keep distance there, with very long stretches of space and hardly anyone around.

There are also a couple of groves of Kwanzan cherry blossoms there that are just starting to pop.

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to share in the Reader Photos this year. The first installment was posted this morning; you can find them here. Part 2 will post tomorrow.

Here are some photos taken at the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park this morning. And a couple of shots of the Kwanzans at the bottom (you can find more information them, including where to find them, here.)

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East Potomac Park.

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East Potomac Park.

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East Potomac Park.
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Kwanzan cherry blossoms at East Potomac Park.
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Kwanzan cherry blossoms at East Potomac Park.
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Kwanzan cherry blossoms at East Potomac Park.
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Kwanzan cherry blossoms at East Potomac Park.

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.

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