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Weeping Cherry

For the perfect touch to an exquisite garden, you’ll want to consider the beautiful Weeping Cherry (Prunus Pendula ‘Plena Rosea’). Blessed with uncommon beauty, grace and style, this delightful tree is a spectacular addition to any landscape.

Weeping Cherry is an exquisite accent tree that commands attention all year long. Easy to grow by beginning gardeners to its natural height and width, this grand specimen can also be a wonderful project plant for experienced gardeners.

With a few simple pruning cuts while the plant is young, you’ll help fit this beautiful plant like a glove to its planting spot. When this training is done, the Weeping Cherry becomes a truly magnificent focal point in the landscape.

This is a tree with a story to tell. Lyrical, downward flowing branches and lovely bronze bark act like a siren song to draw you closer. The branch structure is at once strong, yet delicate. Used as a focal point, Weeping Cherry keeps your interest year round.

When spring arrives, you’ll be astonished by the Weeping Cherry’s stunning display. This is often one of the very first plants to flower in spring, and it is an extremely welcome sight.

It creates a very special landmark in your neighborhood with a show of delicate, double pink flowers billowing along each beautiful branch. The spring flowers are truly a thrilling event, and you’ll enjoy a reliable display year after year.

When the flowers have passed, glossy, elegant leaves emerge. You’ll appreciate the tree’s lush shade all summer long.

In fall, the dark green leaves brings even more color as they turn shades of yellow and red for lovely fall color.

Songbirds love the inconspicuous, ebony-colored cherries, but you probably won’t even notice the fruit. The birds will eat them up quickly.

As impressive as the spring, summer and fall appearance is, some people find they appreciate the tree in winter best. During the winter months, this tree truly stands out. The bare branches trail to the ground seeming to weep at the loss of the summer sun.

Weeping Cherry is highly prized by homeowners, and it’s easy to see why. With such outstanding qualities, hardy temperament and fast-growing nature, the Weeping Cherry is a must-have for any landscape.

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How to Use Weeping Cherry Tree in the Landscape

No Asian-inspired or Japanese Garden would be complete without this fabulous accent. And many homeowners are now building Meditation Gardens, where they can unwind and connect with nature in a very personal way.

This is a wonderful ornamental cherry tree to use as a focal point in front yard plantings, or in the backyard. Be sure to site it where you’ll see it from inside the house. After all, the early spring flowering may happen when the air still has a nip to it. Imagine yourself curled up in a comfy spot – warm and toasty – rejoicing in the pretty pink blooms signaling winter’s grip has thawed once again.

It’s best to give this tree enough room to spread out to its full mature height and width, although you’ll probably want to selectively prune it as a young tree in order to showcase its individual form.

Try planting it in a garden bed near a pool, fountain or pond. You’ll appreciate the reflected beauty of its wonderfully weeping form.

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Weeping Cherry is very easy to grow and tolerant of many conditions other trees would balk at. It’s a popular ornamental small tree. Long, sweeping boughs gently cascade downward from a central crown.

It does require well-drained soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil types from clay to sandy. Slightly acidic soils will deliver the best performance.

Check your drainage before planting your Weeping Cherry and mound up or create a raised bed if poor drainage is suspected in any location. Don’t use this tree in lawns. Instead, place mulch around the tree. This will help further set this accent off in your landscape.

Weeping Cherry prefers full sun, but will tolerate a partial day’s worth of sun. Always favor the morning sun and give protection from the hot afternoon sun or strong wind.

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Pink Weeping Cherry Tree

Weeping Branches, Bright Blooms, and Easy Growth

Why Pink Weeping Cherry Trees?

Beautiful pink blooms emerge each spring on the wonderous Pink Weeping Cherry Tree and provide an explosion of color through the summer. This fast-growing tree features branches that grow upright and then gracefully cascade down like an elegant chandelier, fitting right into small spaces but making a big impression.

The branches that are studded with pink blossoms during the spring and have bright yellow leaves in the fall. Basically, your tree will be one of the brightest on the block. As temperatures drop in the winter, the graceful weeping branches still add beauty to the landscape, even through the snow.

Even better? It’s one of the longest-lived flowering trees available. It will flower heavily from a young age and grow more attractive with bigger and better flowers each year. So, a profusion of blooms is a given, even in poor soil, heat, and drought.

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Planting & Care

1. Planting: They grow best in moist, well-drained, acidic soil (around 6.5 to 7.0 pH) in a spot that receives full to partial sun.

Dig your hole just as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Leave a small mound of dirt in the center of the hole to set the root ball on and carefully spread the roots in the hole. You’ll want to keep the crown (tip of the root ball) of the tree roughly an inch above the surrounding soil level. If it doesn’t reach that point, just add a bit more dirt to the mound underneath.

2. Watering: Water the tree when the top 2 inches of soil dries (a slow trickle with a garden hose for about 10 or 20 minutes is recommended so the water doesn’t bead away from the intended watering area). This could be about twice a week in the summer, or every three weeks in the fall. Watering depends on several factors such as the soil type, rainfall amounts, and temperature.

3. Fertilizing: Flowering Cherries will not require fertilizer for the first two years. Heavy mulch around the base of the tree protects and nurtures the soil as well. When you are ready, fertilize the tree with nitrogen. Apply 1/10 pound of actual nitrogen per year for each year of the tree’s age, with a maximum of 1 pound per year. Apply it once in the spring, or spread the nitrogen amount into 2 to 4 equal applications over the spring and summer.

4. Pruning: Removal of the current year’s old, faded flowers and fruit clusters will promote flower buds for the following season. Prune the cherry tree during the dormant winter period to remove dead branches.

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Weeping Cherry Tree Facts

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The weeping cherry tree is a spectacular ornamental tree that is grown more for its long, graceful branches than its fruit. Though the tree can be disease and pest prone when neglected or sited incorrectly, healthy weeping cherries invariably attract the eye and are excellent showcase plants.

General Weeping Cherry Information

Native to Japan, the weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella) can grow 20 to 30 feet tall and nearly as wide, and is prized for the white to pink flowers borne on long, trailing branches in the spring. Similar in form to weeping willow trees, weeping cherries are also frequently planted near water, which heightens their visual effect. Most specimens are made from weeping cherry switches grafted onto fast-growing cherry rootstock to hasten maturity. Young trees must be pruned so that the weeping habit forms higher up on the tree; left alone, the tree will sweep low to the ground.

Tree Care and Culture

Weeping cherries prefer to be situated in full sun, though rich soils with consistent moisture are essential for maintaining optimum health of the plant. The weeping cherry also grows well in clay soils as they are slow-draining. Trees exposed to dry soils and consistent drought conditions are susceptible to attack from a variety of pests, both insect and microbe. Grass should be trimmed back to the edge of the canopy to reduce competition for nutrients and water from grass roots. Mulching the root zone also increases water retention.

Range Restrictions

The tree grows well in most temperate areas of the United States. Though weeping cherry is cold tolerant and hardy to Zone 5, it cannot withstand the harsh winters in most parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa, and will not survive at all in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Colorado’s Rockies. Heat-tolerant to Zone 8, weeping cherry generally fares poorly in the extreme southern areas of Texas, Florida, Louisiana, coastal California and Arizona deserts.

Pests and Diseases

As with many members of the Prunus genus, the weeping cherry boasts a whole litany of bugs and invaders. Common insect pests include the tent caterpillar, aphids, borers and spider mites. Diseases that commonly affect weeping cherries include verticillium wilt, powdery mildew, black knot, leaf spot and twig canker. With adequate irrigation, the tree will generally stay healthy enough that these pests won’t pose a lethal threat, but any infestation should be treated at the first sign of stress.

Cultivars

Numerous cultivars of the weeping cherry were created for various traits, including extended bloom time, disease resistance and flower color. Pendula is possibly the most commonly planted selection, featuring a heavy crop of light-pink flowers in the spring. Autumnalis blooms in the spring and fall in warmer climates. Yae-shidare-higan, a double-flowered form, blooms for a longer period than other weeping cherry selections.

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Choosing Cherry Blossom Trees

With such a large range of Flowering Cherry trees on offer here, there is plenty of choice whether you want a particular flower or feature. Flowers come in single, double and semi-double forms and can have anything from 5 petals to more than 40! For the largest number of petals per flower, choose Prunus ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’. Cherry blossom comes in a range of colours from bright white through to vibrant pink and some flowers are highly scented, whilst others bloom in winter.

There’s more to Cherry Blossom trees than their flowers though. Several varieties of Flowering Cherry and Plum have wonderful purple foliage and other varieties of Cherry have fantastic autumn colour. The Tibetan Cherry tree, Prunus serrula, is renowned for its wonderful glossy bark. Flowering Cherry trees come in a range of sizes and shapes, including elegant weeping forms to more spreading shapes. Several of the Alpine and Fuji Cherry trees have particularly compact habits perfect for pot growing on a patio. You can either browse all our Cherry trees or narrow your search by going to a more specific section or using the filters. Please note we also stock a range of fruiting cherry trees.

Growing Cherry Blossom Trees

A tough family, Cherry Blossom trees will grow in many soils and positions, even in slow draining clay soil as this species actually prefers a consistently moist soil. Just plant in an area away from strong winds to protect the blossom and maximise their display. We recommend planting Cherry trees with an organic fertiliser and using a stake and rabbit guard to protect the tree and ensure it establishes into a strong and healthy specimen.

History & Culture of Cherry Blossom Trees

Cherry Blossom trees are part of the genus Prunus which is a large group of around 430 species that covers various ornamental and fruiting trees. There are many different types of Prunus trees, some of which are native to Japan, China, the US and even the UK.

The Japanese have a centuries old tradition of picnicking under blossoming Cherry trees to enjoy the beauty whilst it lasts for a few weeks each year. It was originally reserved for the elite persons within society, but was later opened up to everybody. It is still very popular today, with large numbers of people gathering in parks to celebrate Hanami. The brief beauty of the blossoming period also represents the transient nature of life to the Japanese.

Despite Cherry Blossom trees being associated with Japan, the UK has a native variety called Prunus avium. Cherry trees are also popular in Germany, Canada and the United States. Germany even has it’s own version of the Japanese Hanami festival.

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Nomenclature on this tree is a bit confusing with many weeping cherries are still incorrectly sold as cultivars of Prunus x subhirtella. It is part of the rose family and it relatively long-lived for a cherry tree. To maintain the desired weeping pendulous form, remove all stems that grow vertically. This tree has year-round interest! In late winter, early spring it blooms in its full glory, and then into summer when its weeping form cools the hot summer as it sways in even the lightest breeze. After the leaves have fallen, its drooping bare branches lend a soothing grace to the winter landscape.

This is the ultimate weeping cherry. Diminutive and fine-textured, Pink Cascade™ is a strict weeper with blazing pink flowers. Train it up as high as you want it to go and let ‘er weep. Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. It tolerates heat and clay soils but avoid dry soils. Great as a small patio or specimen tree. Be creative, drape it over a wall, make an archway, or create an espalier dragon with a pink mane! A dramatic weeper with bright pink flowers. It was developed as a collaborative project by NC State University and J. Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery.

Seasons of Interest:

Foliage: Spring, summer Bloom: Late winter, early Spring Twigs/Bark: Winter

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Ornamental cherries are generally considered to have good disease resistance. However, like all cherries, they could be susceptible to a large number of insect and disease problems depending upon growth conditions. Potential insects include aphids, scale, borers, leafhoppers, caterpillars, tent caterpillars and Japanese beetles. Spider mites may also be troublesome. Potential diseases include cankers, black knot, leaf spot, die back, leaf curl, powdery mildew, root rot and fire blight. This plant is often browsed by deer.

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