The Washington Monument with Blossoms all around.
Blog Post By Jona Elwell

NPS Predicts an April Peak Bloom

Cherry blossoms – love em or hate em they are a staple of our city (and urban forest!) that are truly a magical sight during #PeakBloom. The famed cherry blossoms that line the Tidal Basin are cruising through their blooming stages and are on their way to beloved #PeakBloom, which is when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms are open.

The National Park Service announced last week that Peak Bloom is predicted to be April 2-5. Their prediction is based on winter temperatures, March forecasts, and the current status of the trees. Peak Bloom is the culmination of five stages for the cherry trees:

Stage One: Green Bud. This usually happens between late February and early March. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage One: Green Bud. This usually happens between late February and early March. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Two: Florets Visible. This usually starts around the second or third week of March. However, back in 2015, stage 2 started April 1. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Two: Florets Visible. This usually starts around the second or third week of March. However, back in 2015, stage 2 started April 1. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Three: Extension of Florets. This usually happens from mid- to late March. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Three: Extension of Florets. This usually happens from mid- to late March. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Four: Peduncle Elongation. This unusually named stage typically happens at the end of March. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Four: Peduncle Elongation. This unusually named stage typically happens at the end of March. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Five: Puffy White. This occurs in late March or early April. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

Stage Five: Puffy White. This occurs in late March or early April. (Courtesy National Mall NPS via Twitter)

There are numerous ways the city is encouraging people to celebrate our famed blossoms and few options involve heading to the Tidal Basin since we are still in a pandemic. The National Park Service will also re-launch its popular Bloomcam. During last year’s peak bloom, the webcam was viewed more than 750,000 times by people in more than 160 countries.

Cherry blossom fans looking to celebrate in-person can seek out 25 new blossom-inspired art sculptures made by local artists, which will go up across the city’s eight wards. More than 170 restaurants across the Washington region will offer cherry blossom-themed food and drink specials, called “Cherry Picks.”

And always, we have plenty of resources to help you enjoy the beauty of those pink blossoms far away from the Tidal Basin. Our DC Cherry Blossom Map charts the location of flowering trees – including cherry blossoms – all around the city.

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