Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 20, 2015

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have come and gone for the year and are now getting replaced on the trees with green leaves.

Photo of Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015 taken by David Coleman.
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It's still too early to guess with much confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. But we've seen a much-warmer-than-normal January, and long-range forecasts suggest above-average temperatures continuing as we get deeper into February (after a short very cold spurt at the beginning of the month).

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 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!

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms - April 20, 2015

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.

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

4 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 20, 2015”

  1. David,

    I started following your website months prior to my trip… When we arrived, it all looked familiar because we recognized those spots from your great pictures! I was still reading your blog while I was there and now back home, I just have to see what I’m missing out.. All my life, I’ve heard so much about these cherry blossoms and finally I was there and got to see the most beautiful scene of flowers everywhere in town. Simply amazing!!!

    Thanks for your beautiful work, your information and tips helped our trip a lot more enjoyable and less stress in the new town. Keep up the good work!

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