DC's cherry blossoms reach stage 4 of blooming

D.C.'s famed cherry blossoms are almost ready for the public to enjoy as they are now just two steps away from peak bloom!

The National Mall NPS announced on Twitter Saturday that the blooms of the Yoshino Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin hit stage 4, meaning they are in Peduncle Elongation.

During stage 4, the cherry blossom buds begin to open and the flower petals begin to show.

This means the cherry blossoms are now two stages away from peak bloom. The bloom process happens in six stages – Green buds, florets visible, extension of florets, peduncle elongation, puffy blossom, and peak bloom.

According to data from the NPS, peak bloom generally happens within days of the plants reaching stage 4 of their bloom.


DC Cherry Blossoms: 2023 peak bloom date predictions revealed

The 2023 peak bloom date predictions for D.C.'s famous cherry blossoms have been revealed!

Generally, depending on the weather, that happens to be between the last week of March and the first week of April.

This year's forecast says peak bloom will be between March 22 - March 25. Before the announcement, National Park Service spokesperson Mike Litterst said that because of this year's unusually warm winter, the cherry trees never reached winter dormancy – which is typically the starting point for making peak bloom predictions.

The NPS says that the trees began budding on February 23. They then reached stage 2 of the bloom process on March 1, and stage three on March 7.


Could DC cherry blossoms arrive early this year due to warm January weather?

It is not your imagination if you think it's been a warm kick-off for 2023! So warm in fact that some people are seeing a few of the trees down at the Tidal Basin starting to show signs of flowering.

FOX 5's Tucker Barnes and Claire Anderson say the earliest recorded peak bloom ever happened on March 15, 1990.