Landscaping with Weeping Cherry Trees

By Dawn Marcotte , last updated August 10, 2011

Landscaping with weeping cherry trees is a popular way to add color and interest to any yard. Weeping cherry trees are available in at least two different varieties with many cultivars of each variety available to consumers. It is important to understand how to plant and care for a weeping cherry tree when using it in landscaping to avoid needing to replace the tree frequently.

Varieties of Weeping Cherry Trees for Landscaping

The Autumnalis Rosea produces semi-double blooms each spring. They vary in color from almost white to deep pink. This tree will reach a height of about 40’ and should be planted where there is plenty of room to grow.

Pendula weeping cherry is the most popular type and has several different cultivars. Each cultivar produces its own shade of pink flowers. The blooms are longer lasting than some other varieties and will stay on the tree throughout the spring. The tree can reach 25 feet in height and width so it will need plenty of room to grow.

Clark’s Spring Cherry is a smaller variety that can be used as an accent in landscaping. This cultivar produces clear pink blooms and reaches a height of about 15 feet.

Planting and Caring for Weeping Cherry Trees

Weeping cherry trees prefer well drained soil in a sunny location. They are tolerant of cold so are an excellent choice for northern climates. They grow quickly and create weeping branches that create a cascade of pink flowers each spring. Showy blooms are produced each spring in a variety of pink colors. Prune the tree back after the blooms drop to help shape and control the growth of the tree. In the fall the leaves will turn orange. The tree does produce fruit, but it is not intended for human consumption. Birds do enjoy eating the fruit so the tree can be used to attract birds. The cherries turn black as they ripen. The bark is rough and can provide an interesting landscape feature in the winter months.

Weeping cherry trees do not tolerate wet soil and can be prone to some pests and diseases. The trees can be susceptible to borers when the tree is stressed from dry soil. Scales can be controlled with the application of horticulture oil in the winter. Water and fertilize the tree regularly to help prevent disease and pest infestations from a stressed tree.

Landscaping with Weeping Cherry Trees

There are several uses for weeping cherry trees in any landscape. They can be used in small groups to add color and interest to a specific area of the yard. They can be placed so their flowing branches add texture to a landscape. The showy pink flowers can provide beautiful accents in the spring. For many landscapers the flowers remain beautiful even after they fall to the ground. Some varieties such as the weeping Higan cherry can make it look as if fresh snow has fallen on the ground when their blooms drop. The weeping cherry will provide color again in the fall with orange leaves. Weeping cherry trees are a beautiful addition to any landscape.

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