How to Plant a Weeping Cherry


Weeping cherry trees in bloom are a sight that makes many passers by stop and take a second look. The trees can grow to be 30 feet tall with a cascading spread of up to 25 feet. Weeping cherries are not native to North America but can grow in most areas except for extreme northern climates. A showy addition to any landscape, gardeners and homeowners often choose a weeping cherry to be the focal point of a yard. If you are considering adding a weeping cherry to your landscape, it can be done quickly and without a lot of fuss.

Step 1

Select a location for your weeping cherry that is in full sun and has well-drained soil. Weeping cherry can adapt to most soil types as long as the soil is well-drained.

Step 2

Dig a hole for your cherry tree that is at least three times the diameter of the current root ball. The depth of the hole should be equal to the pot it is currently in or up to the soil line if the tree is wrapped. When digging the hole, loosen the dirt to a fine consistency.

Step 3

Set the plant down into the hole and fill the soil back in around the roots. Once the roots are covered, tap the soil down to firm it around them. Continue filling in the hole until the soil is even with the top of the hole. Tap the soil down once again. Water with at least 1 inch of water to remove air holes that may be in the soil. Add more soil to any sunken areas.

Step 4

Place a 1-inch layer of mulch, such as chipped wood, on top of the soil where the cherry is planted. Space the mulch at least 3 inches away from the trunk in all directions.

Step 5

Stake your tree during its first year of growth. Until it gets established it can be vulnerable to wind and bad weather. Insert a 6-foot plant stake 12 inches into the ground, about 12 inches away from the tree trunk. Use old nylons to tie the tree trunk to the stake, as nylon won't tear into the tree.

Tips and Warnings

  • If mulch touches the tree trunk, it can trap moisture and cause the trunk to rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • 6-foot plant stake
  • Old nylons


  • Boyd Nursery Company: Weeping Cherry
  • University of Florida: Weeping Cherry
  • Yale University: Plant of the Week: Weeping Cherry
  • Dayton Nurseries: Flowering Cherry and Plum
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.