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How to Plant a Double Weeping Cherry Tree

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How to Plant a Double Weeping Cherry Tree

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Overview

Double weeping cherry trees are deciduous trees that tolerate cold and heat very well. It is considered a long-lived ornamental tree. These trees grow 20 to 30 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. Weeping branches of glossy, green leaves produce pink blooms in the spring. Full sunlight and well-draining soil helps double weeping cherry trees grow quickly.

Step 1

Remove all brush, sod and weeds from the planting area. Loosen the soil and break up any large dirt clods. Remove large rocks and debris.

Step 2

Cut away the packaging from the rootball with a sharp knife. Remove all tags, wires and twine from the branches with a pair of pliers. Place the rootball in a large bucket of water. Do not let the double weeping cherry tree stand in the water for more than 30 minutes.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is as deep as your rootball and three times as wide. Scrape the sides of the hole with the edge of your shovel. This gives the roots a chance to escape the hole while growing.

Step 4

Loosen the roots up around the edges of the rootball without breaking up the rootball. Position the tree in the center of the hole.

Step 5

Fill the hole halfway with soil around the roots. Add enough water to the hole to fill it to the top. Backfill the hole the rest of the way with soil. Tamp the soil down around the tree and water well.

Step 6

Spread a 4- to 6-inch layer in a circle around the tree as large as the canopy. Use shredded bark or wood chips since they last longer than other mulches. It also reduces weed growth and preserves moisture in the soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not stake your tree unless it is planted in an area subject to severe wind storms. Use two low stakes on opposite sides of the tree. Use two spacers around the trunk to prevent friction damage to the bark. Provide enough room so the tree can move in the wind and develop trunk strength. The best time to install stakes is at planting time.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Sharp knife
  • Pliers
  • Large bucket
  • Water
  • Mulch

References

  • Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' -- Weeping Higan Cherry
  • Prunus subhirtella -- Double Weeping Cherry
Keywords: double weeping cherry trees, planting ornamental tree, planting trees

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.