There are plenty of green buds now, and all indications are still pointing to an early bloom. The NPS will be revealing their peak bloom prediction next week.
Washington DC's famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28, 2021. They're now done for the year.
You can find the most recent updates here.
There are plenty of green buds now. It has been cooler this week, but temperatures have still been (mostly) averaging above normal for this time of year. And it looks to be warming up again next week. So all indications are still pointing to an early bloom.
Next week, the National Park Service will be revealing their initial peak bloom prediction for this year. So stay tuned!
Here are some shots I took at the Tidal Basin this morning.
We’re starting to get some pink coming on the saucer magnolias (aka tulip magnolias). Here are some photos I took this morning at the Enid Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle and at the George Mason Memorial next to the Tidal Basin.
The saucer magnolias tend to bloom a couple of weeks earlier than the cherry blossoms. And if you’re wondering why I make special mention of them, here some photos of them in bloom.
If you want to get a tiny taste of the cherry blossoms, there’s a different variety blooming now. Actually, they have had some flowers on them through much of the fall and winter. They’re the Higan cherry trees, and there are some small clusters of them around the base of the Washington Monument. They are pretty, although they’re nothing like the full-throated bloom of the Yoshinos around the Tidal Basin that’s coming soon.
Here are a few shots of the Higan cherry blossoms that I took this morning.
Elsewhere near the Tidal Basin:
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.
Last updated February 29, 2020