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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 3 months ago

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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

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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

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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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

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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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

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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

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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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

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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

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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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

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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

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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

Originally posted 4 months ago

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

Originally posted 5 months ago

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

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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

Originally posted 5 months ago

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2019

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

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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

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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

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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

Originally posted 5 months ago

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

Originally posted 6 months ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 6, 2018

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

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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

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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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

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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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

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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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

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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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 1 year ago

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

Originally posted 2 years ago

Reader Photos 2017 | Part 2

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

Originally posted 2 years ago

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

Originally posted 2 years ago

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

Originally posted 2 years ago

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Originally posted 2 years ago