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.

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.

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 February 10, 2016

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  • 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!