A weeping tree gives a different dimension to landscaping because of its distinctive crown. Instead of having a crown that points upward, the branches and leaves hang down. Always choose a weeping tree that is best for your area and landscaping, as the wrong soil, too much or too little water and poor nutrients make for sickly trees. Sickly trees attract pests and diseases.
Weeping Higan Cherry
The weeping higan cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella) is part of the Rosaceae family. It grows up to 30 feet in height and has a spread of up to 25 feet. In the fall, the leaves turn bright yellow. The light pink spring blossoms grow to an inch in diameter, and cover the branches before the leaves come out.
This is one of the best weeping trees, as it is a fast grower and the flowers are showy. It prefers full sun, so does well in landscaping with few trees. It grows in a variety of soils, including sand, clay, acidic soils and loam, as long as the soil is well-drained. Because it is moderately drought tolerant, this is a good tree to plant in some of the southern landscapes.
If you do not properly care for the weeping higan cherry (poor-draining soils, not enough water), it becomes susceptible to verticillium wilt. It is also sensitive to pests and disease when poorly cared for.
The weeping willow (Salix babylonica) is another popular weeping tree. This tree grows in many types of soils, but prefers soil that provides a lot of moisture, such as soils at the edge of a stream or on the shoreline. It grows up to 50 feet in height and its spread is as wide as it is tall. It prefers more than six hours of full sun each day.
The weeping willow grows in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9, and provides shade in areas where other trees might falter. This tree is perfect for providing shade near water features, as its water requirements are high, compared to the water requirements of other trees.
Weeping Atlas Cedar
The weeping atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) is an evergreen weeping tree. This popular weeping tree grows up to 40 feet in height with a 10-foot spread. This tree is often used as bonsai, but if left to grow, weeps. The weeping atlas cedar thrives in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 8. One of its popular characteristics is its showy fruit. The fruit does not attract wildlife.
The weeping atlas cedar is a good tree for landscaping with other trees, as it prefers partial sun. It has no set soil preference---it grows in sand, loam and clay, and is highly tolerant to drought, as long as the roots are free to extend for a good distance. The weeping atlas cedar is not susceptible to disease or pests, making it one of the lowest maintenance trees to have in the landscaping.