Cherry Blossom Watch Updates

The latest information on Washington DC’s cherry blossoms, including peak bloom forecasts and photos of how the trees look.

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… Read More

April 13, 2019

Reader Photos 2019 | Part 4

Here are some more of the beautiful photos of 2019’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry… Read More

April 10, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2019

The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. You can still find flowers out, but they're fading fast. The good news,… Read More

April 10, 2019

Reader Photos 2019 | Part 3

Here are some more of the beautiful photos of 2019’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry… Read More

April 9, 2019

Reader Photos 2019 | Part 2

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2019’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom… Read More

April 9, 2019

Reader Photos 2019 | Part 1

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2019's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom… Read More

April 9, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 7, 2019

The cherry blossoms are still looking pretty, especially from a distance, but up close it's becoming easier to tell that… Read More

April 9, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 6, 2019

The cherry blossoms are still looking lovely. They didn’t get through yesterday’s rain entirely unscathed--it did knock some petals off,… Read More

April 6, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 5, 2019

The rain we've been seeing today so far has only made a small dent, but it is making a dent. Read More

April 5, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2019

The cherry blossoms are still looking great, and while some of them are starting to look a bit fragile, very… Read More

April 4, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 3, 2019

Light rain showers yesterday through the late afternoon and evening had no real effect on the trees, and they're going… Read More

April 4, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2019

The cherry blossoms are going strong and looking stunning. If you look very closely at the flowers you can see… Read More

April 2, 2019

NPS Says the Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today, April 1

The arborists at the National Park Service have judged that the famous cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, April 1.… Read More

April 1, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 1, 2019

It's a very pretty morning down at the Tidal Basin. Cool and breezy, but sparklingly clear. And the cherry blossoms… Read More

April 1, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 31, 2019

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom now. They're white and fluffy and billowing. This morning's weather isn't the ideal… Read More

March 31, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 30, 2019

The cherry blossoms are coming into full bloom, although there's still plenty of flowers yet to open. More and more… Read More

March 31, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2019

The cherry blossoms are really starting to come along now. They're not in full bloom yet, but many trees are… Read More

March 31, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 28, 2019

There's now no difficulty finding flowers out. Many of the trees have at least some flowers opening; some trees have… Read More

April 10, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 27, 2019

Many of the trees are in the puffy white stage now, and you can clearly see the white petals coming… Read More

March 27, 2019

NPS Moves Peak Bloom Prediction Forward to April 1

The original peak bloom prediction was April 3-6, but warmer temperatures in the past week, along with warm temperatures anticipated… Read More

March 26, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2019

The warmer temperatures of the past couple of days have given the cherry blossoms another little prod, and many trees… Read More

March 25, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2019

The cool temperatures have kept the pace quite slow, but the cherry trees are making progress toward the bloom. It… Read More

March 23, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2019

The National Park Service has judged that the trees have reached the "florets visible" stage. Many of the trees are… Read More

March 19, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 17, 2019

What a difference a couple of very warm days makes! We've seen temperatures climb into the upper 70s, and that… Read More

March 19, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2019

The buds on the cherry trees are making slow but steady progress. They still have some work to do, and… Read More

March 14, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 11, 2019

We're coming out of a cold spell and turning the corner into a milder stretch. The buds are coming along… Read More

March 11, 2019

National Park Service Predicts 2019 Peak Bloom Between April 3 and 6

The National Park Service has issued their initial peak bloom prediction for the 2019 bloom. Read More

March 6, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 6, 2019

It doesn't feel much like spring--while sunny, it's cold and breezy--but more green buds are coming out. Read More

March 6, 2019

Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang Predicts Peak Bloom Between April 1 and 5

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has issued their initial peak bloom prediction of the season. They predict that peak… Read More

March 6, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2019

The first green buds are starting to poke through. Read More

March 5, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 25, 2019

There's not much to see on the trees yet. Temperatures for February continue to average a few degrees above normal.… Read More

February 26, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 18, 2019

The cherry blossom buds are still wrapped tight for winter, but there are some other scattered signs of spring. Some… Read More

February 18, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 10, 2019

Despite some attention-grabbing cold blasts in recent weeks, the temperatures so far this winter have continued to average warmer-than-normal overall.… Read More

February 10, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 14, 2019

Winter finally arrived, with a snowstorm that dumped around 10 inches of snow. But so far, temperatures have averaged warmer… Read More

January 14, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: April 22, 2018

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms near the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park are now coming into full bloom. Read More

May 8, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 16, 2018

The cherry blossoms are essentially done now. You can still find some flowers on the trees, but the trees are… Read More

May 8, 2018

Reader Photos 2018 | Part 4

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom… Read More

April 15, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 13, 2018

The cherry blossom snow is coming down more steadily now as petals get knocked off in the breeze. The trees… Read More

April 13, 2018

Reader Photos 2018 | Part 3

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom… Read More

April 12, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 12, 2018

A week after peak bloom the cherry blossoms are still looking very pretty, but if you look up close you… Read More

April 12, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 11, 2018

Petals are starting to come off, but for now it’s a very gentle pace. The cold weather has slowed development… Read More

April 11, 2018

Reader Photos 2018 | Part 2

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom… Read More

April 11, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2018

The cherry blossoms are still going strong and looking lovely. Some light showers overnight didn't have much effect, and the… Read More

April 11, 2018

Reader Photos 2018 | Part 1

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom… Read More

April 11, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 9, 2018

The cherry blossoms are still holding up well and looking beautiful. You have to look closely to see that they're… Read More

April 11, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 8, 2018

Despite a chilly breeze, this morning at the Tidal Basin is quite spectacular, and the cherry blossoms are looking fluffy… Read More

April 11, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 7, 2018

The snow and rain have mostly been no-shows. It's cold and breezy, but the trees are doing just fine. Read More

May 23, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 6, 2018

The weather is dull and kind of dreary, but the trees are still looking beautiful. Read More

May 23, 2018

NPS Says the Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today, April 5

The NPS determined that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom today, April 5. Peak bloom is… Read More

April 5, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 5, 2018

The rain and wind yesterday barely grazed the cherry blossoms, and they're currently in their prime. Read More

March 5, 2019

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2018

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom now. While not every tree is fully out, most are. They're on track… Read More

April 4, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 3, 2018

The blossoms themselves are shaping up nicely for later in the week. Many of them are in full bloom now,… Read More

April 4, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2018

Sunny and warm conditions through the weekend brought more flowers out, and they're looking lovely as they move into full… Read More

April 2, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 31, 2018

If you head down to the Tidal Basin this weekend you won’t have any trouble whatsoever finding cherry blossoms out.… Read More

April 1, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2018

It’s now getting much easier to find at least a few blossoms coming out. Quite a few of the trees… Read More

March 29, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2018

The slow trickle continues. It's becoming a little easier to find some scattered flowers out this morning, but most of… Read More

March 26, 2018

Peak Bloom Predictions Revised Again

Both the National Park Service and the *Washington Post*'s Capital Weather today revised their peak bloom predictions, pushing them back… Read More

March 23, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2018

Ever so slowly we're starting to see some movement. The snow has gone, and there are more flowers just gradually… Read More

March 23, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2018

It has been snowing steadily, and there's a layer of wet, slushy snow around the Tidal Basin. But it's not… Read More

March 21, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2018

There's not much new on the trees since yesterday, but I've been getting a lot of questions about things like… Read More

March 19, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2018

It's shaping up as a sparkling spring day, but unfortunately there aren't many cherry blossoms to see yet. Read More

March 18, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 15, 2018

Progress has been brought to a crawl by the cool temperatures. If you look very closely, they are making headway,… Read More

March 15, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 12, 2018

There's been steady progress, but with the continuing cool temperatures it has been slow. There are some flowers starting to… Read More

March 13, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 8, 2018

There's been some progress, but it's at a gentle pace in these cool temperatures. The indicator tree is just starting… Read More

March 13, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2018

The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin have emerged mostly unscathed from the very strong winds we saw yesterday. Read More

March 3, 2018

National Park Service has Announced their First Peak Bloom Prediction for 2018

The experts at the National Park Service has issued their initial peak bloom prediction for 2018: March 17-20. Read More

March 1, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 1, 2018

Around the Tidal Basin, the buds are clearly making progress. And, as usual, the so-called indicator tree is marching ahead… Read More

May 8, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 27, 2018

The National Park Service determined that 70 percent of the buds had reached the "Green Buds" stage on February 25.… Read More

May 8, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 25, 2018

It has been soggy and foggy but still warmer than average. More of the green buds are starting to come… Read More

February 26, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 21, 2018

The green buds are just starting to poke through, and unusually warm weather is coaxing out some of the area's… Read More

February 27, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 14, 2018

There's not much to see on the trees yet, but things will start picking up in coming weeks. The National… Read More

February 14, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 31, 2018

The short version is that there's still not much to report. The cherry trees are still in their winter mode… Read More

February 4, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 19, 2018

The first update in the 2018 Cherry Blossom Watch! For now, the Tidal Basin is covered in ice and there's… Read More

January 19, 2018

Reader Photos 2017 | Part 3

This is the final installment of reader photos for this year. Thanks to all who shared their beautiful photos! Read More

April 7, 2017

Reader Photos 2017 | Part 2

This is part 2 of the reader photos for the 2017 bloom. Read More

April 6, 2017

Reader Photos 2017 | Part 1

Here are some great photos of 2017’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers.… Read More

April 6, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: April 4, 2017

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are close to blooming, and warm temperatures in coming days will coax more and more of… Read More

April 4, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2017

The cherry blossoms are on their last legs now, but there are still some holdouts with plenty of flowers. Read More

April 9, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 31, 2017

The cherry blossoms are past their prime now and well on their way out. The persistent rain is knocking a… Read More

March 31, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2017

They're still going strong, and with the sun finally coming out it's a gorgeous spring day at the Tidal Basin. Read More

March 31, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 28, 2017

Now that we're at three days after the peak bloom day, the cherry blossoms are turning pink and still looking… Read More

April 4, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2017

The cherry blossoms reached peak bloom yesterday. As expected, the bloom this year is a little more subdued than usual… Read More

March 26, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: March 26, 2017

The Kwanzans are now showing green buds, the first of the visible development stages. Warm weather over coming weeks will… Read More

March 26, 2017

NPS Says that DC’s Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today: March 25

The NPS said this afternoon that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, March 25. Peak bloom is when at… Read More

March 29, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2017

They're looking great this morning, and they'll look even better as the weekend warms up and coaxes even more blossoms… Read More

March 25, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 24, 2017

They're looking good now and will look better and better each day through at least the weekend. Read More

March 25, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2017

Some of them are blooming fully now. Most of them need a kick of warmth for them to catch up. Read More

March 24, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 22, 2017

They're not yet in full bloom, but they've taken a big step in that direction in the past 24 hours.… Read More

March 23, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2017

The cherry blossoms are finally coming out to play, and it looks like it's shaping up to look better than… Read More

March 21, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 20, 2017

It's a beautiful morning to kick off spring, and more cherry blossoms are starting to come out as they head… Read More

March 20, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2017

The cherry blossoms are gearing up for another attempt at the bloom. There are flowers starting to come out, but… Read More

March 24, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2017

No new photos today, but some useful information came in late yesterday about the NPS's take on where things stand. Read More

March 18, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 16, 2017

Where there should be white and pink there's now a lot of brown. Many of the ones that were in… Read More

March 16, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch / Kwanzan Edition: March 16, 2017

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are much earlier in their development and look to be riding out the cold snap comfortably. Read More

March 16, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 15, 2017

They're taking a beating now and damage is becoming more widespread. While there's still a good number soldiering on, it's… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2017

The cherry blossoms don't seem to be able to catch a break. As if freezing temperatures weren't enough to deal… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 13, 2017

Not much change since yesterday. Another cold night. Some of the blossoms are clearly struggling and succumbing to the freezing… Read More

March 14, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 12, 2017

It's still cold, with much more to come. While most of the cherry blossoms are still hanging in there, more… Read More

March 13, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 11, 2017

So far, so good. There's not a lot of visual evidence of damage from the cold temperatures yet, but it's… Read More

March 12, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 10, 2017

Many of the trees are a few warm days away from full bloom. But we're not going to be getting… Read More

March 11, 2017