Musician Serenades Stumpy, The Cherry Tree, During Final Bloom

March 21, 2024

I heard about little Stumpy a few days ago, and I knew I had to pay him a visit on his final bloom …

Assistant principal trumpet for the National Symphony Orchestra Michael Harper, who traveled to Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin on Wednesday to give a resilient cherry tree, known by many as Stumpy, an “arboreal serenade.”

Why It Matters: Stumpy is a hollow cherry tree susceptible to flooding that despite all odds, has managed to survive – and even bloom – year after year. Estimated to be about 25 years old, Stumpy has garnered widespread attention in recent years for its resiliency. Stumpy’s popularity has grown even more with the news that it will be among around 300 trees cut down in a National Park Service seawall restoration project. Although the frail tree won’t be replanted, “Clippings from Stumpy will be sent to the National Arboretum to create genetic matches,” with the hope that “little Stumpy clones” will be planted in nearby parks and at the National Mall, The Washington Post explains.

Read More: Stumpy mania sweeps D.C. in weeks before ax falls on famous cherry tree (The Washington Post)

National Park Service prepares for $113 million multi-year repair to Tidal Basin and West Potomac seawalls (National Park Service)

Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom (SmartHER News)

Photo Credit: Credit Union Cherry Blossom via Instagram

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas