Growing a Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree

By Shannon C , last updated January 13, 2012

A Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree is exactly what it sounds like, a smaller version of the traditionally popular Weeping Cherry Tree. Consider the height differential between the traditional and Dwarf versions, with the full sized tree reaching heights of up to 40 feet, and the smaller version reaching approximately 15 feet in height. This difference in sheer height at maturity makes the beautiful Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree the ideal choice for space sensitive home and garden projects such as patio and landscape planting, especially near structures or utility lines. The Dwarf Weeping Cherry tree actually refers to three separate varietals, grown either for the flavor of the fruit or beauty of the blossoms, but not for both. Common choices at nurseries and garden centers will include the Snow Fountain, which grows to a maximum height of 10 feet and offers lovely white blossoms but a sour cherry only denizens of the sky seem to enjoy, and the Carmine Jewel which produces tasty cherries.

Growing a Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree

All Dwarf Weeping Cherry trees enjoy a variety of soil types and temperatures and access to a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight per day for best results. All Dwarf Weeping Cherry trees will appreciate adequate space and depth for their extensive root systems to spread and develop. While Dwarf versions will not have the invasive root systems of the full size tree, adequate space and depth is still a requirement for tree health and longevity, so space selection will be critical to the health and wellbeing of the tree at maturity.

Planting a Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree

Dig a hole two times the size of the root ball, and equally as high. Gently and carefully spread apart the roots from the root ball and encourage them to spread out in the dirt as you fill in the hole with dirt. Fill the hole halfway with dirt and spread out the roots, then water thoroughly to pack in the soil and remove air pockets. Continue until the hole is full of dirt, then water a final time. Next, pack in three to four inches of mulching and organic matter up to but not touching the trunk of the young tree. This will protect the growing tree from garden pests, predators, and weeds.

Caring for a Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree

Following planting, it will be important to water very regularly, as Dwarf Weeping Cherry trees need to be well hydrated to thrive. Take care that the soil drains well and does not collect standing water, as this can rot the young roots. It is recommended to fertilize regularly using a water soluble staking system to deliver a slow but constant release of fertilizer into the soil as the tree grows. When it comes to pruning, Dwarf Weeping Cherry trees are similar to bonsai in that they are easily trained to take certain shapes. For best results when pruning, wait until the tree has flowered in the spring and then prune.

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