Cherry Blossom Blitz
Join the campaign in March and April
Participating is Easy!
In many parts of the country, the arrival of cherry blossoms is a sure sign that spring is here. These beautiful and showy trees captivate the senses with their magnificent blooms and soft scents. Celebrate spring with us by observing Cherry trees in your community during our Cherry Blossom Blitz campaign in March and April. Participating is easy - just Observe, Record, and Submit.
New to the world of plant observing? No problem — check out our "What Path is Best for Me?" section in lower right corner of this page. Don't have cherry trees near you? That's ok, simply report your plant observations of whatever is happening in your area between March and April. Need help? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an observation of a cherry tree in your community.
Record your observation on a Single Report form.
Submit your observation on the MyBudBurst page.
Get Started - Download a Cherry Tree Single Report form
Cherry trees are found in many parts of the U.S and often have white to pink flowers and toothed leaves that alternate along the branches. Our Cherry Tree Identification Guide will show you important characteristic of six of the most common cherry trees in the US.
Download a Cherry Tree Report Form.
No Cherries where you live? Download a Single Report form for a different plant
Wildflowers and herbs are non-woody (herbaceous) plants that die back to the ground in the winter. Examples include California poppies, columbines, and black-eyed susans. Download Form
Deciduous trees and shrubs are woody plants that shed their leaves or needles in the winter. Examples include maples, chokecherries, and lilacs. Download Form
Conifers are woody trees and shrubs that produce cones, rather than flowers. Most conifers are also evergreen but some are deciduous. Examples of conifers include pines, spruces, and firs. Download Form
Evergreen trees and shrubs include both herbaceous and woody species that maintain green leaves or needles year round. Examples include mangroves, magnolias, and Live oaks. Download Form
Grasses are plants with long, linear leaves growing from the base of the plant. Most are in the grass family, but we also include plants like cattails and rushes, which are grass-like in appearance. Download Form
About Cherry Blossom Blitz
The Cherry Blossom Blitz is a unique continental-scale campaign to collect phenological observations of cherry trees. Citizen scientist campaigns like the Cherry Blossom Blitz give scientists more data that they could collect on their own, with better geographic coverage. Your reports help better understand and track environmental changes in the US. Learn more about the campaign
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Which path is best for me?
I don't know much about plants. Where do I begin?
No problem! We're here to help. We recommend that you find a plant that is in a convenient place for you, such as a street tree on the block where you live, a plant in your yard, at your workplace, schoolyard or in a nearby park.
Once you've located your plant, you'll need to identify it. Don't know what the plant is? Visit the "I need help identifying my plant!" section below.
If you know what your plant is already, visit the "I've identified my plant and am ready to make observations" section below.
I need help identifying my plant!
We can help with that too! Consult a plant field guide for your area OR
Take pictures of your plant (if possible, of the leaves, flowers, fruits, and/or bark (you won't always be able to see all of these features)
Bring or email your pictures to your local plant experts such as staff at a nursery, a local biology teacher, an Extension expert or botanical/native plant society for your state and ask them for help with identification.
Still stuck? Email your photos to email@example.com and we can try to help you as well!
Once you know what your plant is, read through the "I found a plant and know what it is" section below.
I've identified my plant and am ready to make observations!
Use the Search Tool on the Plants to Observe page to see if your plant is in our database. If it is, you can download custom Regular or Single Report forms from your plant's resource page. If it's not, you can download generic Regular or Single Report forms. Go to the Plants to Observe page