Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom

March 18, 2024

PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! Did we say PEAK BLOOM?! The blossoms are opening & putting on a splendid spring spectacle.

The National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service, in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Sunday afternoon announcing cherry blossom trees in D.C. have reached peak bloom.

Why It Matters: Peak bloom marks the moment when the majority of Washington, D.C.’s Yoshino Cherry trees are flowering; Yoshino Cherry trees are one of the most common varieties of cherry blossom trees in D.C. According to Cherry Blossom Watch, the flowers may remain “as long as two weeks or as little as four to five days,” depending on weather conditions.

Did You Know? The iconic Japanese trees first arrived in Washington, D.C. more than 110 years ago after well-known traveler, reporter, author and photographer Eliza Scidmore advocated for cherry trees to be planted in the area. Scidmore later expressed her idea to First Lady Helen Taft, explaining the cherry trees “would be a great showing … a rosy tunnel of interlaced branches.” First Lady Taft immediately agreed, and a donation of cherry trees from Tokyo was arranged in a symbol of international friendship. Learn more HERE!

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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas