Every spring, nearly 1,700 Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year. This site brings together information about visiting the cherry blossoms and Washington DC, peak bloom forecasts, and up-to-date photos so that you can plan your own visit or follow along from afar.
The cherry blossoms have come and gone for 2014, but you can sign up to receive updates for 2015.
The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. Most trees have dropped all or nearly all of their petals and are starting to be covered with green leaves. If you go hunting, you can find the occasional tree that’s lagging behind and still has some pink blossoms, but they’re few and far between. But the Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms not far away are just starting to come out.
It’s another beautiful spring morning, and the cherry blossoms are still in full bloom. There are more petals on the ground now, and when you look closely you can find green leaves poking through on more branches, but overall the blossoms are still in their prime.
Spring turned the volume up to 11 today. Clear, sunny, and warm. And the cherry blossoms are putting on quite a show.
The cherry blossoms are looking glorious. They’re in full bloom, and it’ll be prime viewing over the weekend. On some trees, you can spot some of the green leaves poking through, but for the most part they’re covered in beautiful white flowers in their prime.
The National Park Service this morning judged that 70 percent of the cherry blossoms were open today, making this year’s peak bloom date April 10.
It’s a sparkling spring morning down at the Tidal Basin. There’s a bit of a chill in the air and a slight breeze, but otherwise it’s a very pleasant morning. The trees are looking beautiful, and it’ll be prime viewing from today through the weekend.
The cherry blossoms at Dumbarton Oaks are in the puffy white stage and haven’t yet started opening. But there are some other beautiful trees in bloom there, including Japanese Plum trees and Tulip Magnolias.
The National Park Service has decided that as of today 70 percent of the blossoms have reached the “puffy white” stage. And while some trees are white with fully open blossoms, others are still lagging behind.
About the Cherry Blossoms
No. Peak bloom was April 10, 2014, and the cherry blossoms have come and gone for the year.
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2014.
Information on the best ways to get down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms, including by Metro, by car, and by bike.
The short answer is that there’s no easy answer. On average, the peak bloom occurs sometime around the last week or so of March through the first week or so of April. But precisely when during that period varies year to year. So here’s the longer version.
So what exactly is “peak bloom” anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter? Glad you asked.
Yoshino cherry blossoms have long been heavy in symbolism in their native Japan. They have come to have their own symbolism here.
Cherry Blossom Photography Tips
Ideas for playing to the strengths of the camera you have with you all the time.
The sun can be a very dramatic addition to your photos of Washington DC’s cherry blossoms.
Crowds are an integral part of Washington DC’s cherry blossom season. But there are ways you can avoid them and still see flowers.