Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 16, 2015

The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and on their way out, but as of this morning there are still plenty of flowers to see.

Photo of Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015 taken by David Coleman.
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It's still far too early to guess with any confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. We won't start getting a clearer picture until early in the new year.

On average, Washington DC's cherry blossoms bloom around late-March into early April, but the precise timing varies year to year depending on the local temperatures in the leadup to the bloom. You can find general information on the 2023 bloom to help plan your visit here.

The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and on their way out, but as of this morning there are still plenty of flowers to see. After a sudden surge leading up to peak bloom, they're now taking their time. A few trees are mostly green leaves. A few are mostly covered in blossoms. The majority of the trees are somewhere in between.

It's a gorgeous spring morning and very quiet down around the Tidal Basin. There are quite a few joggers, not many photographers, and one happy couple who just got engaged around sunrise with a “marry me” proposal crafted out of fallen cherry blossom petals.

We had rain on Tuesday, but since then there hasn't been much in the way of wind, which has helped prolong the process (or, at least, not hurry it along). So the flowers are hanging around longer than they did last year. They're very fragile at this stage and can be knocked off with wind or rain.

Over the next days they'll disappear. But not every tree is on precisely the same schedule, and even in trees standing right next each other you can find neighbors looking very different because one still has flowers and the next has dropped them all. Because of that, there might be some stragglers still with flowers on them over the weekend, but the majority are well on the way out.

The traffic restrictions on Ohio Drive have been lifted (signs warn of roadwork on April 20), and the parking lot off Maine Ave has reopened.

Photos

Here are some photos from this morning that will give you some idea of what to expect if you head down to the Tidal Basin today.

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

For the most part, the Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms aren't yet blooming, but it is possible to find the occasional flower that's open on some trees. You can find more on the Kwanzan cherry trees here, including where to find them.

Here are some shots of how they're looking this morning.

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Tulip Magnolias

These are the tulip magnolias (also known as saucer magnolias) over near the George Mason Memorial. They started blooming ahead of the cherry blossoms and are still looking lovely, although as you can see from these (and the many others you'll come across around town), they're getting past their prime and the petals are coming off.

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015

Cherry Blossoms April 16, 2015