A miniature weeping cherry tree, often also termed a dwarf weeping cherry tree, is a genuinely lovely small ornamental tree that produces a profusion of fragrant blossoms in the spring season. While a true weeping cherry tree may reach heights in excess of 40 feet upon maturity, a dwarf or miniature weeping cherry tree may not reach even eight or ten feet at maturity, and can often be trained for less.
The miniature weeping cherry tree is not always fruit bearing. Some varietals will produce fruit and the fruit may or may not be edible by humans, or edible raw. It is important when selecting a miniature weeping cherry tree varietal to determine whether edible fruit is a priority to avoid being disappointed. The carmine jewel weeping cherry tree is the only miniature varietal that is known to produce fruit that humans find tasty. The sand cherry varietal will produce cherries that humans do not generally find palatable, but which may improve when used in sauces or jellies. The snow fountain varietal will produce blossoms only.
Caring for the miniature weeping cherry tree is a combination of selecting the proper location, ensuring that enough moisture and fertilization is offered, and performing regular routine pruning at appropriate times. For success in growing the miniature weeping cherry tree, be sure to leave plenty of space between plantings to give the root system space to get established. Add mulch thoroughly around the base of each tree, taking care that mulch does not touch the trunk. Offer slow release or liquid fertilizer as directed on the package, and be sure to choose a formula that specifies flowering plants. Pruning the miniature weeping cherry tree immediately after the bloom season has concluded each year. Pruning can be done for maintenance or for formal shaping and neither will harm the tree.