Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 22, 2020

There are some early green buds starting to poke through on some of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the area's daffodils are coming out, as are some of the apricot blossoms and other early-spring flowering fruit trees.

Washington DC's famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28, 2021. They're now done for the year.

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There are some early green buds starting to poke through on some of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the area’s daffodils are coming out, as are some of the apricot blossoms and other early-spring flowering fruit trees.

It has been cooler the past few days, but February is still averaging well above normal, and it looks like that will continue through the rest of the month and into March.

All indications at the moment suggest that DC’s cherry blossoms will bloom early this year. There’s always some uncertainty, because an Arctic blast coming in and settling over us can slow things down dramatically. But I’ve not yet heard any suggestions of that happening anytime soon.

The earliest bloom of DC’s cherry blossoms is March 15 (in 1990). Whether that record is under threat should become clearer over the next couple of weeks as the peak bloom forecasts are announced.

Climate Change and the Cherry Blossoms

The topic of how climate change is affecting the cherry blossoms has been coming up a lot lately. A few years ago, the National Park Service put together a very interesting video on the effects of climate change on DC’s cherry blossoms.

How it Looks This Morning

Here are a few shots that I took this morning to give an idea of how it’s currently looking at the Tidal Basin.

Flowering Fruit Trees Nearby

There’s a small cluster of apricot and other flowering fruit trees just across the street behind the MLK Memorial, in an area called Ash Woods, next to the DC World War I Memorial. These photos were taken there this morning.

Things Happening Nearby

Elsewhere near the Tidal Basin:

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 historic National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.

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