Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2020

The cherry blossoms are racing toward the puffy white stage, and some are beginning to pop. As you walk around the Tidal Basin, it's easy…

DC's cherry blossoms reached peak bloom on March 20, 2020. They're now done for the year.

The cherry blossoms made good use of yesterday’s mid-70s temperatures and aren’t hanging about. They’re racing toward the puffy white stage, and some are beginning to pop. As you walk around the Tidal Basin, it’s easy to find some flowers out now.

The saucer magnolias at the George Mason Memorial are also looking wonderful.

How it Looks at the Tidal Basin this Morning

It’s cooler than it has been for much of the week, but starting to look a lot like spring. Since a lot of people are going to have to follow along from afar this year, here’s a sense of how it’s looking today.

Saucer magnolias at the George Mason Memorial.

Early Bloomer

This is a tree I typically track through the blooming process, trying to focus in on the same specific small section to be able to see the day-by-day progress.

This is a different variety and is separate from the indicator tree (on the opposite side of the Tidal Basin), but it reliably marches ahead of the other trees by several days.

It’s also a good illustration of how even just a few days can make a big difference.

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Last updated March 14, 2020

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