Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 16, 2020

The cherry blossoms are popping now. While you can find some trees in full bloom already, most of them are not quite there yet.

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.

The cherry blossoms are popping now. While you can find some trees in full bloom already, most of them are not quite there yet.

How it Looks at the Tidal Basin this Morning

It’s a pretty morning at the Tidal Basin, with only a light breeze holding it back from being a perfect spring morning after yesterday’s rain and clouds.

I’m posting these here not to encourage people to visit but rather for the many readers who have sensibly chosen to follow along from afar this year. Health officials strongly recommend avoiding crowded areas and practicing social distancing in order to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). To that end, I’m dispensing with the usual logistical information related to visiting the Tidal Basin area. And I will try to continue to post updates only when it’s possible for me to do so while still sticking to those recommendations. As you can see from the photos, people are clearly heeding the advice so far.

March 16

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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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 16, 2020

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