How to Plant Weeping Cherry


Weeping cherry trees are flowering cherry trees native to Japan. They are similar to weeping willows, with long, sweeping branches that are covered in pink and white blossoms in the spring and brightly colored leaves in the fall. Weeping cherry trees are hardy through zones 5 to 8, so they do better in mild-to-cool climates. With a total height of 40 feet and a spread of 25 feet, planting weeping cherry trees in your yard can make quite a statement.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard for your weeping cherry tree that receives full sun and has well-drained soil. Improve your soil's drainage by adding equal parts compost or aged manure and sand. Work it in to a depth of about 3 to 4 feet.

Step 2

Plant your weeping cherry tree in the spring after the last frost.

Step 3

Dig a hole for the weeping cherry tree that's deep enough for the root ball and two to three times as wide. If you are planting multiple weeping cherry trees, space each hole 40 feet apart.

Step 4

Place the weeping cherry tree in the hole. Back fill the hole with soil and pat it down firmly.

Step 5

Water the weeping cherry tree for five to ten minutes after you plant it.

Tips and Warnings

  • Higan weeping cherry trees have thorns; handle with care.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Gloves


  • Weeping Cherry
  • Growing Flowering Cherry Trees
  • Prunus Subhirtella "Pendula": Weeping Higan Cherry

Who Can Help

  • Weeping Cherry Tree
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.