Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: April 12, 2019

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are coming into bloom. There are plenty around town that are in full bloom now. The ones in east Potomac Park aren't quite there yet, but they're close.

It's still too early to guess with any confidence when DC's cherry blossoms will bloom in 2020, and no peak bloom forecasts have been issued yet. Stay tuned for the first peak bloom forecasts to be announced around the beginning of March.

The winter so far has been much warmer than normal. January and February have both tracked well above average. If that continues--and that's always a big "if"--it points to an earlier-than-average bloom, more late-March than early-April. But there's still plenty of time for cold weather to arrive and settle in, so it's still too early to predict with confidence.

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are coming into bloom. There are plenty around town that are in full bloom now. The ones in east Potomac Park aren’t quite there yet, but they’re close. They’ll be looking beautiful over the weekend and next week. You can see some photos of how they were looking this morning below.

While there aren’t nearly as many Kwanzan cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin itself, there are large groves of them in East Potomac Park next to the golf course (the airport side). There are much smaller clusters of them around and near the Tidal Basin, particularly near the northern (Lincoln Memorial) end of the FDR Memorial. There are more scattered elsewhere. You can find more information about where to find Kwanzan cherry blossoms near the Tidal Basin and in East Potomac Park here. At this time of year you’ll also notice just how many there are around town–they’re all over the place.

The more famous cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin and nearby areas are essentially done now. It’s technically possible to find the occasional late straggler tree that’s still in bloom, but they’re few and far between (there’s one at the southern end of the FDR Memorial and another next to Independence Ave not far from the Japanese Lantern, for instance). The vast majority of the trees have lost their flowers and are in the process of leafing out.

The tulips are out in force now, too. Next to the Tidal Basin, the ones in the Floral Library are fully out and looking lovely.

So that’s a wrap for the 2019 season. It was a very pretty bloom this year which lasted quite a while. And we had none of the weather theatrics that have defined some other recent years. Thank you to everyone for tuning in, and see you again in 2020!

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms in East Potomac Park

This is how they’re looking this morning. Not quite at full bloom but getting close.

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 April 13, 2019

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  • Thank you SO much for all of your diligent posts and updates. We have been trying to get to DC for the blooms for several years and your updates really helped to plan our trip. Wonderful photography post hints as well. Thank you!