How to Care for a Double Weeping Cherry

Overview

Double weeping cherry, also called Prunus subhirtella or weeping higan cherry, grows up to 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide. It produces an attractive weeping habit with flowers that bloom in pink and white. The double weeping cherry is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, which means it will not do well in the coldest temperatures of the North nor the hottest in the South. Knowledge of how to create the right environment for the tree will help you produce a healthy specimen.

Step 1

Plant the double weeping cherry in an open area protected by the wind with full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It will survive in poorer conditions and partial shade. Plant the seedling so that the top of the root ball is even with soil level.

Step 2

Water deeply after planting. Keep the soil moist, but not soaked, throughout the first growing season. In subsequent years, the tree can usually survive with only rainwater unless a drought occurs. In that case, provide the tree with extra water, as it is only moderately drought-tolerant.

Step 3

Fertilize the tree with a complete tree and shrub fertilizer after new growth appears. Regular applications of the fertilizer will keep the tree healthy and resistant to disease. Follow the directions on the package for application instructions.

Step 4

Control weeds and keep turf grass away from the base of the double weeping cherry tree. It does not do well with competition, especially when young. Also, cut off any branching that occurs below the graft. These are suckers and will take away nutrients from the tree.

Step 5

Prune any dead, broken or diseased plants from the tree with pruning shears. As the tree continues to grow, you may trim the weeping branches up to any height you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • University of Connecticut: Prunus subhirtella
  • Ohio State University: Prunus subhirtella
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Prunus subhirtella
  • Michigan State University Extension: Prunus subhirtella
Keywords: weeping cherry care, double weeping cherry, watering weeping cherry

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