How to Take Care of a Weeping Cherry Tree

Overview

Few trees compare with the fragrant splendor of a weeping cherry tree (Prunus pendula) in full blossom. These trees grow to an average height of 15 to 25 feet and reach a width around 20 feet. The graceful branches form drooping arches that often sweep the ground. This ornamental landscape tree thrives in moderate and cool climates in many areas of the United States. The small fruits on weeping cherry trees may entice visitors, in the form of wildlife and birds, to your landscape.

Step 1

Grow your weeping cherry tree in well-draining soil. Although weeping cherries tolerate a variety of soils, these attractive trees thrive in soil compositions that allow water to easily flow around their roots. Increase the nutrients and porosity of your existing soil by incorporating organic compounds, such as compost, into the topsoil.

Step 2

Cut away any overhanging limbs of larger, nearby trees that block sunlight from reaching your weeping cherry tree. This type of cherry tree needs bright sunlight to reach its full potential. Thin out interior branches of large, neighboring trees to allow more light to surround your weeping cherry.

Step 3

Water your weeping cherry tree when the soil becomes slightly dry near its roots. Provide about 2 inches of water every week for young trees and seedlings. Mature flowering cherry trees seldom require regular watering, but providing a little supplemental moisture during droughts can help your tree flourish.

Step 4

Examine your weeping cherry tree for evidence of pest infestations. These trees commonly suffer from borers, spider mites and tent caterpillars. Look for branches with galls, small lumps and dark bumps, which indicate the presence of fruit borers and diseases. Remove these branches with a pair of pruning shears, cutting 2 or 3 inches above the gall. Treat recurrent pest problems with a small amount of insecticide spray.

Step 5

Fertilize your weeping cherry tree about once a month during its active growth period. Doing so will encourage a healthy weeping cherry tree to ward off many types of pests and diseases and will keep your tree looking its best. Purchase a fertilizer that lists weeping cherry trees on its label, and apply the fertilizer according to the enclosed instructions.

Step 6

Trim up your tree to encourage healthy, new growth. Although these fruit trees don't require regular pruning, occasional trimming will enhance their health and appearance. Remove any broken or dead twigs and branches back to their originating branch. Cut out crowded branches that create an uneven appearance in the canopy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when applying insecticides to your weeping cherry tree. These should be used only as a last resort to remove insects that cause damage to your trees. Do not spray your tree during blossoming or fruiting stages. The chemicals may harm beneficial insects that pollinate your trees, as well as foraging animals and birds. Apply your insecticide on a calm day to avoid wind distribution and disturbance.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Water
  • Pruning shears
  • Insecticide
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida: Weeping Higan Cherry
  • About Cherry Trees: Weeping Cherry Tree
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia"; Susan Page; 2001

Who Can Help

  • Utah State University: Small Trees for Planting Near Power Lines
Keywords: weeping cherry tree, ornamental cherry tree, cherry tree care, weeping cherry care, Prunus pendula care

About this Author

Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.