Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 16, 2018

The cherry blossoms are essentially done now. You can still find some flowers on the trees, but the trees are leafing out.

The rain, wind, and thunderstorms that began yesterday and continued through today have basically finished the cherry blossoms off. You can still find some flowers on the trees, but that’s mostly a technicality–as the trees leaf out there’s now more green than pink or white, and most of the petals have been blown off the trees. As usual, there are some stragglers that still have more flowers hanging on, but most of them are getting close to being done.

The heavy, sudden rains have caused flash flooding around the area, and at high tide this morning the Potomac and Tidal Basin were swollen, with the Tidal Basin overflowing much of the walkway around the rim.

How Things Look This Morning

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

The Kwanzans are just starting to bloom. Here are some shots from this morning. I’ve seen some around town that are just a little head of these by the FDR Memorial. Stay tuned for more updates on the Kwanzans in coming days as they head into full bloom.

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 May 8, 2018

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  • I'm a wedding photographer based in Cleveland, OH and this was very helpful since I will be in DC this weekend for a few engagement shoots. Thank you David!

  • Hi,

    Your website and photographs were more like a bible which I followed and I guess many others followed as well to track this beautiful blossom time. Appreciate all the hard work that you have put in to build this great site. Thanks.

    • I agree. I decided to pull up my trip from 4/12 to 4/6 after following your site and had a wonderful trip.


  • Thank you for all the updates! Do you think the Kwanzans will peak before Saturday? Are the ones at Hains Point further along than at FDR memorial?

    • It's possible, although mostly cooler temperatures this week will keep things moving slowly. I hope to post a new update on them in the next few days and will check in on the ones at Hains Point (they're usually pretty much in sync).