Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 13, 2015

The Yoshinos are becoming more pink, and green leaves are sprouting on more trees. Today's wind and tomorrow's rain are likely to knock many of the petals off.

It's snowing cherry blossoms. The trees are still looking wonderful, but the wind that will continue picking up during the afternoon is blowing drifts of petals off the trees with each gust.

The Yoshinos are becoming more pink, and green leaves are sprouting on more trees.

There are big crowds out enjoying the warm, sunny weather. And they're creating heavy traffic. The traffic restrictions on Ohio Drive are still in effect, and there's gridlock on Independence Avenue in both directions.

Now that we're three days after peak bloom, the cherry blossoms are very fragile. Today's wind and tomorrow's rain are going to be a one-two punch, and it's likely to knock a lot of the petals off many of the trees. It's probably won't get all of them, and there's a good chance of being able to see some flowers over the next couple of days, but each day we get further into the week the harder you'll have to work to find them. I don't expect there to be much left by the weekend, although there are other varieties of cherry blossoms nearby that bloom later; I'll have more on them (the Kwanzan cherry blossoms) in the next day or two.

The warm weather of the past few days has also coaxed the tulips out all around town, along with other kinds of flowers. So after a cold winter, we're finally getting some of Washington's beautiful spring colors.

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 history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.

Last updated February 10, 2016 9:27 pm

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  • Thank you for all the information on this site! I've been following for weeks, we were able to arrange our work schedules to go today and it was amazing! Thank you again for all your hard work and beautiful pictures!

  • Thanks so much for your daily updates about the cherry blossoms. I have wanted to go see the cherry blossoms for years and it has just never worked out. I have been following your updates carefully and we literally waited until last evening until after we saw your update before we decided for sure to make the trip down there today and we were so not disappointed. :) What natural beauty!

  • Thank you David for your website and updates. Been watching here for a month or so and planned my trip from Texas based on your posts. Got great pictures Sunday and Monday. Hit the peak just right. Timing is everything! I'll be posting massive amounts of pictures on website in a few days.

  • David,
    I have had so much fun following your reports over the past couple of months. Your updates and pictures have been great. My husband and I we're able to be in DC all weekend and spent both Saturday and Sunday soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the tidal basin area. We were amazed at the numbers of people there to see the cherry blossoms and appreciated enjoying the beauty along with them.
    I have been wanting to see the the cherry blossoms as long as I can remember but finally made it at the perfect time this year with your help!! I battled cancer over the past 2 years, and this is part of my new lease on life and of living each day to the fullest! Many thanks, my friend!
    Michelle

    • I'm so glad you were able to see them in their prime. They really do make for a beautiful spectacle.

  • Hi David,

    We're planning a trip this weekend of 18-19 April. Will there be any blossoms for us to view? Will it be worth the trip? We're coming down from NYC. Thanks for the update.

  • Thank you David for up to date information on everything related to Cherry Bloom. I was there this weekend, it was really crowded but fascinating view all around.

    Thank you again.

  • David, I can not express in words how much I have enjoyed following your postings and pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms. My husband and I were not able to drive to D.C. to see the blossoms this year as my brother-in-law passed away during the peak days. Having your pictures of the blossoms to view made my day. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful talent of taking pictures.

    • I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm glad the cherry blossoms were able to bring a smile even from a distance.

    • They're coming out all over the place now. There are a lot around the US Capitol Building, next to the Tidal Basin in the Flower Library, across next to Arlington Memorial Bridge, next to the Netherlands Carillon at the Iwo Jima Memorial, and next to the Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial, as well as other places.

  • David, really want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you. We’ve been planning to come see the cherry blossoms since April 1st, and since it’s a long drive for us from Toronto (over 10 hours), we wouldn’t want to spend so much time and effort ending up missing the peak bloom. So we’ve been following your blog religiously, and as of April 6, we were still thinking our better bet will be the weekend of Apr 18/19. Glad that we hold off till the last minute to book our hotel room and keep following your blog. The sudden speed up of the blooming was really dramatic! We ended up spending Apr 11-13 in DC and enjoyed the cherry blossoms at its prime stage. Tons of thanks to you for such a great update!! Your photos also provide true inspiration to us when we composed our own pictures. We also followed your tip to go behind the Lincoln Memorial to watch the sunset from there. Your blog really helped us to make the best out of our Washington DC trip!! Thank you so much!

  • Thanks so much for all your updates and pictures. I am planning to go to see Cherry Blossom on April 21, 2015. Can you recommend a parking garage near the mall/museums/monuments? Thanks!

    • Most, if not all, of the Yoshino cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will be gone by then, although Kwanzan cherry blossoms nearby might be blooming. There's parking around West Potomac Park and East Potomac Park, in a lot off Main Ave SW, and in the streets around the National Mall. There are also several commercial parking garages in downtown NW Washington. Here's some more information on getting to and from the Tidal Basin.

      And here's an update from a couple of days ago.

      • Thank you so much for the update. Do you think I should drive or should take Metro? There'll be possible to get a parking place or not? And how much does it cost for a parking place around East Potomac Park all day? Thanks again!

        • It's not as busy as it was last weekend, but there's still likely to be quite a few people around the Mall area. Metro is safest bet and hassle-free, but you'll probably be able to find a park somewhere nearby.

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