Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 3, 2023

The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and not looking nearly as fresh and full as they were in full bloom. But it’s still easy to find plenty of flowers out on individual trees.

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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 are well past their prime now and not looking nearly as fresh and full as they were in full bloom. But it’s still easy to find plenty of flowers out on individual trees. If you’re in the area and want to catch them, you won’t want to wait too much longer.

Saturday’s wild weather did have quite an impact, and after seeing the howling winds that went late into the night, it’s easy to understand why. Many trees have lost many or most of their flowers. But some of the trees that bloomed a little later have held up remarkably well, considering. Head to the stretch between the MLK Memorial and the Japanese Lantern for a number of trees that are still going quite strong.

Elsewhere, many of the trees are starting to leaf out. Warm temperatures over the next few days will speed that along. There might also be some thunderstorms later in the week.

You can find below:

  • Submissions for the 2023 reader photo features are currently open but closing soon. You can find the form below. Stay tuned for the first batch of photos to post later today.
  • The Kwanzan/Kanzan cherry blossoms are just starting to bloom. There are some photos taken this morning below.
  • Logistical information for visiting the cherry blossoms and Tidal Basin area.

How It Looks at the Tidal Basin This Morning

It’s a lovely spring morning. Clear and cool and calm. And it’s also very quiet.

Here are some shots taken this morning to give a sense of what you can expect to see if you head down to the Tidal Basin today.

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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — The Washington Monument before sunrise. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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TIDAL BASIN, Washington DC — Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 3, 2023, 11 days after peak bloom. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

The Kwanzan (or Kanzan) cherry blossoms are just starting to bloom. For now, there’s only a very small number of scattered flowers open, but warm temperatures over the next few days will bring many more out.

There’s more information on where to find the Kwanzan cherry blossoms near the Tidal Basin and around East Potomac Park here.

These photos were taken this morning.

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WEST POTOMAC PARK, Washington DC – Kwanzan (Kanzan) cherry blossoms starting to bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington DC on April 3, 2023. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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WEST POTOMAC PARK, Washington DC – Kwanzan (Kanzan) cherry blossoms starting to bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington DC on April 3, 2023. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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WEST POTOMAC PARK, Washington DC – Kwanzan (Kanzan) cherry blossoms starting to bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington DC on April 3, 2023. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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WEST POTOMAC PARK, Washington DC – Kwanzan (Kanzan) cherry blossoms starting to bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington DC on April 3, 2023. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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WEST POTOMAC PARK, Washington DC – Kwanzan (Kanzan) cherry blossoms starting to bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington DC on April 3, 2023. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL
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WEST POTOMAC PARK, Washington DC – Kwanzan (Kanzan) cherry blossoms starting to bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington DC on April 3, 2023. Photo © David Coleman / HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL

Submit Your Best Shots to the Reader Photos 2023!

Thanks for your interest, but 2023 submissions are now closed. You can see the posted photos here.

Things Worth Knowing

  • Ohio Drive is back to normal. It has all the normal entrances and traffic flow.
  • They’re in the process of packing up the Welcome Area near the MLK Memorial, but West Basin Drive is still closed. The MLK Memorial and FDR Memorial remain open as usual to pedestrian traffic.
  • The Paddle Boat parking lot is still closed and scheduled to remain closed until April 5.
  • The Floral Library (near the paddle boat parking lot) is looking beautiful with many tulips out.

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