Weeping Cherry: Pretty in Pink

This graceful tree makes for a stunning focal point.

By: Ben Ford
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Weeping Trees

Weeping Trees

Photo by: DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Weeping trees have a graceful look and can be used as a focal point in the garden for maximum impact. This flowering cherry blooms profusely in spring.

Weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’) is a mid-sized deciduous tree that grows 20 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. The graceful whip-like branches are covered in pink blooms in early spring. The pendulous branches sway in the wind, adding the element of movement to the garden.


Prune the weeping branches after they bloom. Prune any suckers from the trunk or base as they emerge. 

In the Landscape

Weeping cherry makes a fantastic focal point as a single specimen or use in pairs to frame an entry way. Add even more interest to the garden by using this tree near a pond or waterway. The reflection of the plant adds even more interest, whether in bloom or covered by foliage. 

Pest and Disease Problems

Being in the Prunus genus and the Rosaceae family, weeping cherries have a long list of potential problems. Japanese beetles, leaf curl, powdery mildew, caterpillars, aphids and spider mites may be problematic.

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