About the Weeping Cherry Tree

Overview

One of the more enchanting flowering trees is the weeping cherry tree, which hails from Japan. Today, weeping cherry trees are seen in the United States as a symbol not only of beauty but also friendship. They are classic and can easily be planted to bring attractiveness to an area, especially as they are not found everywhere.

History

Weeping cherry trees are found in America, but their origin is in Japan. In the early 1900s, a Department of Agriculture employee, David Fairchild, introduced weeping cherry trees to America. As the trees flourished, more were brought over to plant throughout the country. Years later, the Japanese Embassy donated 2,000 cherry trees of other varieties to the United States as a gift of friendship. Over time, Japan has generously donated an assortment of trees to America as gifts, which are meant to symbolize friendship between the nations.

Cultural Aspects

In Japan, weeping cherry trees are held in very high esteem. The Japanese ornamental cherry, another variety, is Japan's national tree. During World War II, Japanese fighter pilots had "sakuras," or cherry trees, painted on their airplanes as a symbol of the fleeting nature of life. Japanese poetry has contained references to weeping cherry trees since the ninth century. In Japan, there are festivals and "flower viewings" held specifically for cherry trees.

Features

The weeping cherry tree has fragrant white-pink blossoms. It can grow 40 to 50 feet high and 25 to 40 feet wide. It is considered to be a tree that grows at a medium pace. It does quite well in an area with full sunlight and just a small amount of shade. This type of tree grows in a variety of soils, from acidic to clay to moist.

Care

To keep the roots of the tree from disease, the soil should be well-drained. It may help to fertilize the tree with your preference of fertilizer to stimulate its growth. Weeping cherry tree limbs grow quickly, so it is not unheard of for them to touch the ground. If this is bothersome, the limbs can be cut back at the end of summer. It may be best to cut all limbs to the same length for a neat appearance.

Considerations

Weeping cherry trees do best in a warm climate in direct sunlight. They should be watered at regular intervals and watched closely, because cherry trees are more prone to diseases than other types of trees. When planting a cherry tree, you should consider how tall and wide it may be at maturation so it will have plenty of room to grow. Weeping cherry trees do best when planted at the very beginning of growing season, which is something to keep in mind.

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