When Will the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Bloom?

Peak Bloom Dates for the Blossoms on the Tidal Basin


Rachel Cooper

Washington, DC's cherry blossoms usually hit their peak blooming period in late March or early April. The National Park Service Head Horticulturist predicts the peak bloom period the first week of March each year. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach their peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on the weather. Unseasonably warm and/or cool temperatures have resulted in the trees reaching peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958). The blooming period can last up to 14 days. They are considered to be at their peak when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is planned at the end of March through mid-April so that the blossoms are usually in full bloom during the festivities. The average date of blooming is around April 4th. Please note that sometimes the weather is so variable that the National Park Service changes their prediction after the season has begun.

Bloom Prediction: Peak bloom dates have ranged from late March to early April. Following extremely cold temperatures or late-season snow storms, the blossoms can be damaged. During such years, you may see less vibrant blooms. Check Cherry Blossom Watch for the bloom forecast.

When is the Best Time to See the Cherry Blossoms?

There is a very narrow window of time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. There is usually one or two weekends that the blooms are at peak and that is usually when the The Tidal Basin is the most crowded. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is on a weekday, in early morning or just before dark. With that said, it's a perfect time to go on a romantic date with your sweetheart.

To learn more about the cherry blossoms, see the following:

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