Weeping cherry trees are cherished for their beauty and proliferation of flowers in the spring. The branches of a weeping cherry tree droop gracefully to the ground, the branches appearing to be heavily laden with blooms. Although weeping cherry trees need more care than other types of trees, they are still a popular choice with landscapers and gardeners.
Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'
The "Pendula" weeping cherry tree is commonly called the Higan cherry. A medium-sized tree, it can grow up to 40 feet tall. Like all weeping cherries, it prefers moist, well-drained soil. The drooping branches of the tree grow much more quickly than the trunk, so frequent pruning is needed if you don't want the branches to touch the ground. The Higan weeping cherry tree does not transplant well. The pale pink flowers bloom in early spring before leaves appear. A similar variety, the "Pendula Plena Rosea" features double-flowering clusters of blooms.
Prunus x 'Snow Fountains'
This small weeping cherry tree only grows to a height of around 12 feet, making it a perfect ornamental container tree. Like all weeping cherry trees, it blooms in the spring, but it differs from the Higan in that the flowers are snowy white. It is not a hardy tree and is especially susceptible to damage from Japanese beetles.
Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
The Autumnalis variety of weeping cherry is unusual in that it has a second flowering season in early fall. A tall tree (up to 30 feet), it features semi-double spring blooms that are bright pink. This weeping cherry often grows in a more upright position than the other types of weeping cherry trees. Unfortunately, like the other weeping cherries, it is a fragile tree and can be plagued by several different problems, including splitting of the wood in heavy frosts, fungal diseases and pest infestations.