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 a threshold when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are blooming.

DC Cherry Blossoms in 2021

It seems increasingly likely that DC will still be under COVID-19 restrictions in spring 2021 while the cherry blossoms are blooming. So it's shaping up to be a good year to follow along from afar from the safety and comfort of your home.

The National Park Service says that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, April 5. Peak bloom is when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom.

So what happens now? Firstly, you can still enjoy them for at least a few days, perhaps longer. You don’t have to see them today to enjoy them in all their glory, and as they turn pink in the next few days you can argue that they’ll look even prettier.

As they move beyond peak they start becoming more fragile. In ideal conditions (cool, calm, dry) they can hang around for a week or more. In less than ideal conditions (rainy, windy, stormy, warm) they can be chased away sooner, perhaps in as little as 3-5 days. Right now, the weather forecasts aren’t for ideal conditions. You can get some sense of what to expect, and the large variation, from this photo timeline.

Last updated April 5, 2018

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    • The main ones are mostly done now. You can see some photos from earlier this week here. There's another variety that blooms later, known as the Kwanzan cherry blossoms, that's just starting to bloom. There are fewer of them, but they're particularly pretty. You can find more about them (including information on where to find them) here.