Facts About Weeping Peach Trees

Overview

Weeping peach trees are not as noticeably weeping as many willows, weeping Japanese cherries and Japanese maples. Their branches arch gently down, but they rarely have a distinct globe shape. They tend to have gently curved tops with branches that gently curve downward toward the ground. Weeping peaches bloom early in the spring.

Varieties

There are several varieties of flower peach trees, including pink cascade and weeping double red flowering peach trees. Other varieties may be trainable as weeping peaches by pruning and directing branches in an arched shape.

Flowers

Most weeping peaches have pink or pinkish red double flowers that cascade down the length of the branches. Peach flowers are about an inch wide and can grow closer together on weeping peaches than on some other trees, where they can sometimes be spaced as far as 18 inches.

Leaves

After flowering, weeping peach trees grow wide, flat leaves that can reach 3 to 6 inches long. The leaves have fine teeth on the edges and the leaves have no lobes. They are a glossy deep green color. The leaves of weeping peach trees turn yellow in autumn.

Size

How large your weeping peach will grow will depend on the variety. Pink cascades tend to be a little smaller, growing to a height of between 12 and 15 feet. They tend to have a spread of between 10 and 12 feet. The weeping double red flowering peach tree tends to grow to 20 feet high and tall.

Cultivation and Hardiness

Weeping peach trees can grow in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 4 through 9. They do best in full sun and soils that drain well. However, they can grow in soils that range from heavy clay to heavy sand or loam. Weeping peach trees can be drought-tolerant once established.

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