Cherry blossoms: Less than three weeks until peak bloom

We've reached stage two of cherry blossom bud development, according to the National Park Service, putting the blossoms within three weeks of peak bloom.

 

The 16-21 day window matches the park service's original estimate of a peak bloom between April 8-12.

What's next now that the florets are visible? The park service's bloom schedule says you'll see "extension of florets," (12-17 days from peak bloom) followed by "peduncle elongation," (6-10 days from peak bloom) and finally, "puffy white" (4-6 days from peak bloom).

If you need help planning your National Cherry Blossom Festival experience, we have answers to all your questions, including how to get there, where to see the trees and which events are worth checking out.

See more photos and videos of cherry blossoms here, and submit your best shots of blooms around the city using the hashtag #DCblooms.

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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