No blossoms, peak color coming to the Tidal Basin

The outer rim of the Tidal Basin is lined with patches of bright yellow and oranges. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The outer rim of the Tidal Basin is lined with patches of bright yellow and oranges. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
"The Tidal Basin is a great location to see and photograph the fall foliage," said Brent Everitt, spokesman for the National Park Service. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
“The Tidal Basin is a great location to see and photograph the fall foliage,” said Brent Everitt, spokesman for the National Park Service. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin boasts vibrant oranges and yellows as fall foliage comes to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin boasts vibrant oranges and yellows as fall foliage comes to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin boasts vibrant oranges and yellows as fall foliage comes to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin boasts vibrant oranges and yellows as fall foliage comes to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Unusually warm temperatures delayed fall colors this season, but now the fall foliage is here. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Unusually warm temperatures delayed fall colors this season, but now the fall foliage is here. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Fall foliage lines the Thomas Jefferson Memorial around the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin is a beautiful place to see and experience the fall foliage. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin is a beautiful place to see and experience the fall foliage. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are most famous for their sea of pink petals in the spring time. But they also cloak the region in fiery oranges during peak fall foliage, too. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are most famous for their sea of pink petals in the spring time. But they also cloak the region in fiery oranges during peak fall foliage, too. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Fall foliage officially comes to the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Fall foliage officially comes to the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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The outer rim of the Tidal Basin is lined with patches of bright yellow and oranges. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
"The Tidal Basin is a great location to see and photograph the fall foliage," said Brent Everitt, spokesman for the National Park Service. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin boasts vibrant oranges and yellows as fall foliage comes to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin boasts vibrant oranges and yellows as fall foliage comes to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Unusually warm temperatures delayed fall colors this season, but now the fall foliage is here. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Tidal Basin is a beautiful place to see and experience the fall foliage. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are most famous for their sea of pink petals in the spring time. But they also cloak the region in fiery oranges during peak fall foliage, too. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Fall foliage officially comes to the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — The Yoshino cherry trees at the Tidal Basin are beginning to put on a colorful, autumn show, but there are no blossoms to be found.

The toothed leaves of the cherry trees are losing their green pigment and showing their brighter colors, with fading daylight and cooler temperatures. The outer rim of the Tidal Basin is mottled with patches of bright yellows and oranges in a flood of fall color.

“The National Mall is host to spectacular fall colors, and it would appear that we are approaching the height of the season for our area,” said Brent Everitt, spokesman for the National Park Service.

The cherry trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, famously bathe the Tidal Basin in a sea of pink petals during peak bloom during the spring. But the loop trail is cloaked in fiery oranges during peak fall color, as well.

“The Tidal Basin is a great location to see and photograph the fall foliage. If you’re looking for a little less crowded spot, East Potomac Park is a great place to see vibrant orange and red leaves,” Everitt said.

Unusually warm October temperatures have delayed fall colors this season but the colors are coming, offering another reminder that the National Parks around the region are a beautiful place to see and experience no matter the season.


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