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.
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!
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.
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