Dwarf weeping flowering trees provide are an unusual departure from the typical flowering ornamental tree. These trees require less space in the garden than standard trees, and are easier to care for because of their small size. Most dwarf trees grow 10- to 12-feet high, although some varieties are smaller than 5 feet. They can be found at good nurseries or through online sources.
Dwarf trees are ideal for small yards and as specimen trees. Dwarf trees are usually created by grafting nursery stock onto the roots of smaller species. Weeping dwarf flowering trees have a drooping, umbrella shaped growth habit, with limbs that often brush the ground.
Dwarf weeping flowering trees require less fertilizer, water and mulch than standard trees. Dwarf trees are easier to reach for pruning and spraying tasks than standard trees. Additionally, they have a shallow root system and can be planted in flower beds or other small spaces.
Most flowering trees perform best when planted in loamy, well-drained soil in full sun. They are fairly drought tolerant once established, but should be watered every two to three weeks during dry periods. Pruning is performed in late winter before new growth appears to remove any dead or diseased limbs and open up the canopy to light.
Several dwarf weeping crab apple varieties are available, including Louisa and Molten Lava. The Higan cherry tree is a beautiful weeping cherry, available as a dwarf. Mulberry trees have a naturally weeping habit and are also available as dwarf trees.
Dwarf trees have shallow roots, making them prone to toppling in windy areas. Most require permanent staking or supports. Additionally, dwarf trees are severely damaged by winter frosts and don't perform well in very cold climates. Dwarf trees are vulnerable to the same pests and diseases as standard trees, although treating them is easier. Disease-resistant varieties and a good spraying program solve most problems.