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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

NIH’s Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom

Cherry trees line a road to a parking garage

Cherry blossoms line the road leading to MLP-7.

Photo: Eric Bock

Blossoms in front of Bldg. 1 on NIH's campus

Cherry blossoms in front of Bldg. 1.

Photo: Eric Bock

Blossoms bloom in front of Bldg. 50

Blossoms next to Bldg. 50, also known as the Louis Stokes Laboratories.

Photo: Eric Bock

Trees in bloom near the Clinical Center’s north entrance

Blooms near the Clinical Center’s north entrance

Photo: Eric Bock

Trees in front of Bldg. 15H

Cherry blossoms near Bldg. 15H, one of the “Officer’s Quarters” on NIH’s main campus

Photo: Eric Bock

The cherry blossoms on NIH’s Bethesda campus reached peak bloom toward the end of March. 

Each spring, the blossoms typically reach peak in late March or early April. Full maturity varies depending on weather conditions. Once peak occurs, the blossoms remain on the trees for about a week. Wind, rain or cooler temperatures can cause the petals to fall off faster. 

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