Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 24, 2023

January has been much warmer than normal, with only one day where the daily average was lower than normal.

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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..

I took these photos at the Tidal Basin and nearby on January 24 but didn’t get around to posting them at the time.

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Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.Pin
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Forsythia at the MLK Memorial.
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Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.Pin
Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.Pin
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Fruit Trees

These other free trees are flowering across the street near the DC World War I Memorial in an area of the National Mall called Ash Woods.

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Fruit blossoms near the DC World War I Memorial.
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Fruit blossoms near the DC World War I Memorial.
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Fruit blossoms near the DC World War I Memorial.
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Fruit blossoms near the DC World War I Memorial.

2 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 24, 2023”

  1. Wow! What a great site!

    I have off from March 4-12. Any chance at all peak bloom could occur toward the end of that time frame? Or it’s way too early? If I understand correctly, the indicator tree gives a week heads up?

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    • While it’s likely to be early, it’s very unlikely to be quite that early. The earliest on record (which is since 1921) is March 15. I wouldn’t be shocked if the record is under threat this year, but by March 12 would be quite extreme. But since so much is in the hands of the weather gods, I’m not going to say it’s impossible.

      But the odds are very good for catching the magnolias, which are quite stunning also. They bloom a couple of weeks ahead of the cherry blossoms, and you can find more information on them here.

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