Weeping Cherry Tree Requirements

Weeping cherry is a flowering ornamental tree whose branches cascade downward or droop in a slight fountain form. The trees thrive in USDA zones 5 through 8 and bloom in profusion in the spring before the green leaves unfurl. Its flowers are very pale pink to almost white. Weeping cherry trees are fast growing and, while they are not considered to be a high-maintenance tree, have a few requirements that must be met to ensure a healthy and productive tree.

Siting and Exposure

Site your weeping cherry tree in either full sun or lightly filtered shade exposure, because diminished sun will result in diminished bloom. Plant the tree in a location that is protected from winds to prevent bud drop and diminished bloom.

Soil Texture and Content

Provide a nutrient-rich, easy-draining and slightly acidic soil that is either loamy, lightly clay, humus or sandy. Weeping cherry struggles with stagnant water in the soil or with persistent drought. Soil that has enough organic matter to hold moisture but not so dense that it allows water to pool in the soil is ideal.

Irrigation and Mulching

Irrigate weeping cherry regularly so that the soil around the roots is evenly moist at all times but not sopping wet. While the tree can tolerate some drought over short periods, persistent drought conditions can hinder the performance of the tree, causing leaf loss and tissue death. Mulch around the base of the tree with shredded bark or other organic material to hold moisture in the soil and keep any competitive weeds at bay.

Spacing and Clearance

Select a location to accommodate the tree at its mature size to prevent the need for transplanting. Allow 30 feet in clearance height from the nearest structure or utility line, and at least 20 feet in spread, giving the canopy room to adopt its natural weeping and spreading shape.

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