Showy, double blooms make the double weeping cherry tree a favorite with landscape architects and homeowners. Pruning double weeping cherry trees correctly ensures a long and healthy life for the tree. Pruning stimulates regrowth, creating a full, well-rounded spray of branches covered in white or pink flowers.
Prune immediately after all stages of blooming are complete. Weeping cherry trees with semi-double to double blooms flower anywhere from late February to June. Ornamental trees such as the Double Weeping Higan Cherry (Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rosea') and the Avium Plena (Prunus avium 'Plena') have anywhere from 25 to 50 petals that open in stages.
Place a tarpaulin underneath the work area. Begin thinning the crown, using pruning shears to first cut back any branches that touch the ground.
Remove any upward growing branches that are crossing or rubbing with pruning or lopping shears. Be selective, as the upward growing branches are what give the crown its fullness and add to the weeping effect.
Assess the tree's crown, which should be balanced around the tree. Trim any remaining growth that crowds or rubs the inner part of the crown.
Gather the corners of the tarp and haul away the cuttings. Do not leave them on the ground.