Where to See Magnolia Trees in Washington D.C. (Photo Guide)

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While Washington DC may be known for their Cherry Blossom trees there are also beautiful pink magnolia trees worth seeing. Often confused for Cherry Blossoms the magnolia trees offer large pink blossoms that look stunning.

The pink Saucer Magnolias trees typically bloom a week or two before the Cherry Blossoms so you can usually see them in March in the DC area.

In this post I’ll be showing you all of my favorite places to photograph Magnolia trees in Washington DC. There are plenty of places to see Magnolias in DC including Enid A. Haupt Garden, Rawlins Park, and around the Tidal Basin.

Where to see Saucer Magnolias Trees in Washington DC:

1. Enid A. Haupt Garden

Magnolia Trees at Smithsonian Gardens
Magnolia Trees at Smithsonian Gardens

The most popular place in Washington DC to see Magnolias is the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt garden. The 4.2 acre grounds of the garden are filled with Magnolia trees making it stunning at peak Magnolia bloom. Full bloom magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden (especially around the Moongate Garden) are by far my favorite spot for the season. You can capture all types of interesting angles of the Magnolias here, including capturing the Smithsonian Castle.

Enid A. Haupt Garden on Google Maps

2. Rawlins Park

Magnolia Trees at Rawlins Park
Magnolia Trees at Rawlins Park

Rawlins Park is a hidden gem located west of the White House. Magnolias saucer trees line the park around the (typically drained) fountain. The location is often popular for portraits but of course you can get close up to the Magnolias for plenty of photo opportunities.

Rawlins Park on Google Maps

3. George Mason Memorial

Located near the Tidal Basin the George Mason Memorial has a few Magnolia trees. This is the most convenience spot to see Magnolia trees if you’re near the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin. From the memorial you can photograph the Magnolia trees with the Washington Monument in the background as well.

George Mason Memorial on Google Maps

4. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial

Dc Magnolias In Bloom

The park located at the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial offers plenty of Magnolias trees to look at. What makes it all better is that the trees perfectly frame this pink building located next to the park.

The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial is conveniently situated near the National Mall, making it an ideal stop for popping over to the Mall for scenic views of spring.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial on Google Maps

5. Oak Hill Cemetery

Located in Oak Hill Cemetery you will find plenty of Magnolia trees and even a few Cherry Blossom trees. You can find this hidden gem in Georgetown near Dumbarton Oaks.

Oak Hill Cemetery on Google Maps

6. United States National Arboretum

Cherry Blossoms at the U.S. National Arboretum
Cherry Blossoms at the U.S. National Arboretum

The US National Arboretum is a hidden treasure for seeing the cherry blossoms and magnolias in Washington DC. Located up New York Ave you’ll likely want to take the bus or drive to get the National Arboretum. It also showcases a lovely assortment of magnolias and holly trees in its Magnolia and Holly Collection. The magnolias at the US National Arboretum typically reach their peak bloom at the same time as the DC cherry blossoms, which is usually from late March to early April.

National Arboretum on Google Maps

Photos of Magnolias in Washington DC

Here are more photos of DC’s Magnolias through the years. The saucer magnolias are a blast to photograph no matter if you’re shooting on a wide angle lens or telephoto. You may want to get a polarized filter to cut down on the sun reflecting off the petals.

Frequently Asked Questions about Magnolia Trees in Washington DC

Here are common questions about the magnolia trees in Washington DC

What types of magnolia trees grow in Washington DC?

There are several types of magnolia trees that thrive in the climate of Washington DC. Some popular species include the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), the saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), and the star magnolia (Magnolia stellata).

When do magnolia trees bloom in Washington DC?

Magnolia trees typically begin to bloom in Washington DC in early spring, usually around late March or early April. The exact timing may vary depending on weather conditions and the specific species of magnolia tree.

How long do magnolia trees stay in bloom?

The blooming period of magnolia trees varies depending on the species and environmental factors. On average, magnolia trees in Washington DC stay in bloom for about two to four weeks. However, some species may have shorter or longer blooming periods.

What are the pink trees in Washington DC?

The most common types of trees people talk about with pink flowers or refer to them as pink trees in Washington DC are the cherry blossom trees. But as you’ve seen in this post, magnolia trees can be just as beautiful and pink.

Exploring the magnolia trees in Washington DC is not only a visual treat but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history of the city. Take a stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Georgetown or Capitol Hill, and you’ll be greeted by charming streets adorned with these majestic trees, creating a picturesque backdrop that is hard to resist. You can also venture out into Maryland and Virginia for more magnolia trees.

I hope you enjoyed my list of places to see magnolia trees in DC for the DC magnolia bloom, if I missed anywhere let me know in the comments! If you’re in Washington DC in spring I also recommend visiting the Peak Bloom Cherry Blossoms as well. I think this magical time in the district is one of the best times to visit DC.

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