2023 Peak Bloom
The NPS judged that the Yoshino cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom on March 23, 2023. They're now done for the year..
The cherry blossoms have now well and truly gone. The trees are turning green now as they get covered in leaves, and the reddish-brown flower stems are falling off. Last night's heavy rain helped that process along. I didn't spot any straggler trees still with any significant number of flowers, although you can find the occasional individual flowers on the occasional tree. But for all intents and purposes, the main cherry blossom show is over. If you're looking for cherry blossoms now, we'll have a few days of the Kwanzan cherry blossoms (see below).
The tulip magnolias (saucer magnolias) are now mostly done, but the tulips are in full bloom all around town and looking beautiful.
This is the last update for this year. Thanks for following along. I've really enjoyed hearing from you. It has been especially fun to hear from those who got to see the cherry blossoms for the first time. I hope to see you all again in 2016!
Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are now in full bloom, and you can easily spot their bright pink flowers scattered around the area standing out against trees that a gradually greening. I have more on the Kwanzans here as well as where to find some of the largest clusters of them around the Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, and East Potomac Park.