How to Care for a Weeping Japanese Cherry Tree


The weeping Japanese cherry is also known as the Higan cherry. Its scientific name is Prunus subhirtella var. pendula. The weeping cherry has dark green leaves and pink or white blossoms. The tree blossoms in the early spring. It can grow as high as 40 feet and the canopy spread can be a large as 30 feet. The weeping Japanese cherry has a moderate growth rate. The weeping Japanese cherry, if kept healthy, it is resistant to pests, viruses and fungi.

Step 1

Make sure the weeping Japanese cherry tree has access to full sun. Full sun is more than six hours of continuous sunlight per day. If other trees are blocking the sun, prune or remove the trees that are blocking the sun.

Step 2

Keep the soil moist. Water the weeping Japanese cherry tree at least once per week with an inch of water. Watering deeply encourages root growth, which provides enough moisture for the tree to keep it healthy. Keeping the soil most also makes this tree more pest resistant.

Step 3

Prune the cherry tree to a single leader when the tree is young. Allow the branches to grow to the ground.

Step 4

Keep the ground under the weeping Japanese cherry tree mulched with compost or pulverized bark. Keeping the ground mulched helps to keep the ground moist, which is very important for this cherry tree. It also keeps the grass from tangling in weeping branches when they reach the ground.

Step 5

Fertilize the weeping Japanese cherry tree once every three years with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer (if needed). Follow the instructions on the package for the amount of fertilizer to use, as different brands of fertilizer may have different ingredients and strengths.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer (optional)
  • Mulch (compost or pulverized bark)


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