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 to find some flowers out now.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 14, 2020