Flowering DC Trees

March 23, 2020 /
Jona Elwell

D.C. Spring Bloom: It’s Not Just Cherries

#PeakBloom sometimes feels like a citywide holiday in D.C. Cherry blossom trees lining the Tidal Basin inspire themed drinks, clothes, and food, not to mention all the photographers, tourists and locals that pause on their way to snap a picture of those beloved blossoms. 

This year, of course, is different. A global pandemic has limited crowds to 10 or less and we’re advised to stay at least 6 feet away from everyone. So cramming around the (already crumbling) Tidal Basin is not feasible this year. 

Fear not! Our illustrious Science and Policy team (behind the awesome D.C. Cherry Blossom Map) have put together a map of various, gorgeous flowering trees found throughout the District. 

How did we get all the location and species of all these trees? Our Park Inventory Program has been busy measuring and logging trees in D.C. and we keep track of trees we plant. This map also contains publicly available data about trees planted by DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division.

Many trees from the American Linden to the magnolia produce gorgeous flowers and blossoms! Now to figure out where to find these majestic blooms. We’ve made it easy and updated our Blossoming Tree Map! Check it out:


Map of Blossoming DC Trees

The park inventory program is a collaboration between Casey Trees, the Urban Forestry Division, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Parks Service. As we are still in the progress of inventorying every park in the District, data on some parks may be missing. This map does not contain trees planted on private properties.