A Field Guide to Early Spring Blooms

Every Spring, year after year, I see too many incorrectly named and tagged Spring blooms on Instagram. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you can't be part of the flower club on Instagram if you aren't part of the flower club in real life! So, to help you correctly tag your blooms this year, I have assembled a quick guide to early Spring blooms that are so early this year, they are already starting to show their colors.

Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees have BIG pink flowers (typically). There are a few different varieties of magnolias, but this is the one you most commonly see in the Spring. They look like little bushes when they're young and grow into big beautiful blooms as they age. They make insane messes as the flowers fall off at the end of their blooming season, but I think they are worth the views. Others may disagree.

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Cherry Blossoms

DC's signature non-native tree, the Cherry Blossom features big poofy clumps of pink flowers. From far away they look like little pom pom trees you might see in a Dr Seuss book. They are a light pink (almost white) and line the National Tidal Basin as well as a bunch of other areas around DC. As their blooming season ends, they turn from pink to green, as most trees do.

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Plum Trees

So so often mistaken for cherry blossoms, these babies are more fragrant and the tree leaves are generally a dark red / burgundy. (This is a key difference in distinguishing them from cherry blossoms!) They are charming AF though and usually a little pinker than cherry blossoms. The flowers are a little larger too, and very lovely.

 

Now go on, be merry spring flower lovers. Tag your Spring blooms on Instagram #SundayBlossoms