This helpful article will show you when the cherry blossoms bloomed in 2020, in addition to daily updates (with photos + videos) from 2021.
This Portland cherry blossom tracker supplements: Local’s Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Portland.
Peak Bloom Prediction 2021
My predictions for peak bloom for 2021 are based on conditions from last year. Read on for weekly updates, photos and videos! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, always happy to help!
March 1, 2020: All of the trees are showing buds and one tree had about three cherry blossom blooms. With the sunnier weather coming to Portland more blooms will start popping open this week.
Based on what I’m seeing out there now, I’m predicting we will not see peak bloom happen for the Portland cherry blossoms for another 14 days.
Photos taken March 7, 2020
A rainy day in the City of Roses but the cherry blossoms are starting to show! It’s still too early to see them in full glory, but I’m guessing next week will be great!
About 15% of the blooms are turning into cherry blossoms, but the trees are definitely getting more colorful. Check back next week for more photos!
Photos taken March 12, 2020
We strolled down to the waterfront for sunset and the cherry blossoms appear to be approaching peak bloom — so close!
I think this weekend will be a great one to see cherry blossoms at the waterfront. My best guess is that they will be past peak by next weekend, so try get there very soon. Come early to avoid crowds and get better photos.
Photos taken March 16, 2020
As of March 16, 2020 – we are at PEAK bloom! Come and see these beautiful cherry blossom trees for yourself!
For more on Portland’s cherry blossoms read my full guide here: Local’s Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Portland.
2021 Cherry Blossom Updates
UPDATE FEBRUARY 28TH, 2021: Some cherry trees are starting to show blooms in sunny areas. Nothing really happening at the waterfront yet. Prediction holding strong for peak bloom the week of the 15th.
UPDATE MARCH 4TH, 2021: More cherry trees are coming into bloom with the sunny days we’ve been having over the last week. This raises my level of confidence on my prediction of peak bloom for the week of the 15th!
UPDATE MARCH 9TH, 2021: Folks, the recent cold snap has thrown us for a loop! As a recent commenter pointed out, the buds are not showing the same progress this time of year as they did in 2020. I am revising my forecast accordingly and pushing back one week.
UPDATE MARCH 17TH, 2021: Exciting news – the cherry blossom trees are laden with buds and getting ready to bloom! I’ve spotted a few blooms on some of the trees which means the rest will be soon to follow. More exciting news is that there is some sunshine in the forecast toward the end of next week which should be just what the doctor ordered for our buds.
UPDATE MARCH 19TH, 2021: The blossoms at the waterfront are coming out! Nowhere near peak bloom yet but next week is looking to be the week. Probably toward the end of the week as sunshine is in the forecast for Portland Tuesday then Friday through Sunday. I’ll keep you posted here and will be posting updated photos on Monday or Tuesday.
UPDATE MARCH 24TH, 2021: I visited the cherry blossoms at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and took some photos & videos (posted below). The blooms are starting to pop! My best prediction is next week for peak bloom – see photos below.
March 24th Cherry Blossoms Update: The darker pink color shows up in photos like the one above because the buds are darker than the flower itself which is much lighter.
UPDATE MARCH 26TH, 2021: The blooms are looking great. I recommend visiting if you’re in the area for a beautiful display. Peak blooms could be as early as March 29th if the weather cooperates!!
UPDATE MARCH 29TH, 2021
The cherry blossoms are basically peak! If you’re around I highly recommend going down to the waterfront (mask up!) to soak it in! So long as the winds (like the ones we experienced yesterday) don’t blow them down we should be in for a peak blooms for all the whole week.
My best guess is peak days will be tomorrow and the next day and will hopefully taper off slowly from there. I will try to get down there soon to grab some more up to date photos – stay tuned!
UPDATE MARCH 31st, 2021
The cherry blossoms are at peak! At long last we have arrived!! I have copied some photos below for you to see – it is absolutely gorgeous out there!
This year’s peak is a full two weeks later than last year – go figure! I am hoping that the weather will cooperate and that the blooms will mostly remain on the trees for the rest of the week – stay tuned!
We are currently in the “peak zone” for the cherry blossoms!
UPDATE APRIL 10th, 2021
The cherry blossoms are officially past peak – but still beautiful! This year has been a wild one for the blossoms here in Portland with a later than usual season but we have been blessed with an extended bloom given the cooperative weather.
If you are still considering whether or not to see them I highly recommend! It is still beautiful down there and now you can see the leaves coming in between the blooms. Don’t forget the next round of “double blossom” trees are starting to come in various locations – see my cherry blossom guide!
We are currently in the “past peak zone” for the cherry blossoms!
If you can’t make it down to the cherry blossoms this year, feel free to check out the video below – it’s the next best thing!
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