Weeping Cherry Tree
The weeping cherry tree is best known for the beautiful pink or white blossoms it has every spring. An extremely popular landscape tree, a weeping cherry grows to 20 - 30 feet tall with an almost equal width of 15 - 20 feet across.
It adapts to most soils:
It does like well-drained soil and a sunny location. It is a tree that is meant to be showy and is magnificent when in bloom. The down side is that a weeping cherry tree does require higher than average maintenance to stay looking healthy and attractive.
Weeping cherry trees are best grown in zones four to eight, and can be seen in the greatest quantity throughout the south where they thrive in the warmer temperatures. It is also one of the many varieties of cherry trees that shows off its foliage with other varieties of cherry trees at the annual Spring Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.
The trees are known for their heavy foliage, and are usually grown along walkways and front lawns.
Two popular varieties of the weeping cherry tree are:
The Weeping Higan Cherry Tree
The Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry
As for maintenance, it is necessary to prune a weeping cherry tree regularly. They will need strong leaders to hold the weight of the weeping branches. These branches can droop very close to the ground. Make sure to leave the strong shoots growing from the top alone.
Mulch is recommended for the tree. Make sure to prune the first time when the tree is still young. The best time to prune is in the fall or late summer.
You should remove the suckers and water spouts. If you intend to let the tree droop all the way to the ground, it is best not to prune the ends of the branches.
If you have planted the Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Tree, minimal pruning is needed. Most people like to leave it with a natural look.
A weeping cherry tree is susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases such as:
The most common disease for the tree are:
Cankers, a fungal infection.
Leaf spots, caused by bacteria, can also be a problem.
Black knot, a disease that causes raised black spots on the branches.
Powdery mildew, which will cover the leaves with a powdery white coating.
Overall, the beauty of a weeping cherry tree will far outweigh the attention it requires. If you plan on planting one, head to the garden store or nursery early in the season as it is such a popular variety, it usually sells out quickly.