Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 20, 2022

The cherry blossoms are coming into full bloom now. Many are fully out, but some still need a warm day or two to fully pop.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

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Washington DC's cherry blossoms reached peak bloom on March 21. They are now done for the year. You can find the most updates from the 2022 bloom here.

The cherry blossoms are heading into full bloom now, and they’ll hit peak bloom any day now. The very warm temperatures of the past several days have rushed things along.

The NPS judged that 70% of them had reached the Puffy White stage as of yesterday.

As usual, not all of them are on exactly the same schedule. Many that get the morning sun (near MLK Memorial/FDR Memorial) are in full bloom. Many on the other side (Kutz Bridge past paddle boats to Jefferson Memorial) are lagging a little behind and need another warm day or two to come out fully.

Logistics for Visiting

Ohio Drive has been switched to a special one-way traffic pattern. That will remain in place during the main bloom. So you'll need to enter up by the Jefferson Memorial; you won't be able to enter from the Lincoln Memorial End.

Welcome Area. The NPS is switching things up this year and has moved the Welcome Area from the old Maine Ave parking area to next to the MLK Memorial (West Basin Dr SW). So West Basin Dr SW is closed to traffic from Ohio Drive. That has displaced some disabled parking spots; they've been moved to a temporarily signed area about 100 yards or so away at the intersection of Ohio Drive and West Basin Dr SW).

Metro will be running extra services during the bloom. The closest stops are Smithsonian and L'Enfant Plaza. I have more information on getting to the cherry blossoms separately.

How it Looks at the Tidal Basin This Morning

It wasn't nearly as crowded as I expected early this morning, but it's shaping up to be a lovely day and a bit cooler than we've had the past couple of days.

A light breeze added a slight chill this morning and stirred up the water (so photographers hoping for a glassy reflection this morning were disappointed). And for some reason, all the lights of the Jefferson Memorial were out, inside and out.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
It was lights out at the Jefferson Memorial this morning. The other monuments were lit normally.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Another example where many of the tree's buds are yet to open.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Trees like this one are mostly out but still have some buds yet to pop.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
A number of trees are more like this, with a few blossoms out but most of them yet to open.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
The National Park Service offers several free walking tours of the cherry blossoms throughout the day. One of the meeting points is on the terrance directly in front of the Jefferson Memorial.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 20, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

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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