How to Grow a Weeping Higan Cherry Tree


The Higan Weeping Cherry tree is one of the most beautiful and graceful of the cherry trees. It will grow to 20 or 30 feet high with a 15 to 25 foot spread. This gorgeous tree is used in large home landscapes, parks and commercial landscapes. The branches bend to touch the ground and are full of tiny pink/white flowers in spring. The Higan Cherry makes an excellent choice for planting on a slope near a lake or pond. Being part of the rose family though, they do take more care than most trees.

Step 1

Choose a location that has full sun and is not too close to a structure or driveway, as it will grow rather large. Also, keep them away from streets that may be salted in winter or waterlogged by a lake or pond. If planting near lakes and ponds, plant above them for proper drainage.

Step 2

Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root ball and 6 inches deeper. Amend the dug out soil with 2 inches of compost.

Step 3

Remove the tree from the container or unwrap the burlap. Wash off some of the soil the tree was planted in and gently spread the roots. Place the tree in the hole and check the level of the graft union. It should be just above the ground level.

Step 4

Fill in 2 inches of amended soil around the roots, and then water the area to compact the soil. Continue to fill a couple inches at a time in this manner until the hole is filled to the surrounding ground level. Press the soil down tightly.

Step 5

Water the tree generously immediately after planting to help establish the root system. Water to keep the soil moist for the first 3 weeks and then cut back to when the top of the soil starts to feel dry.

Step 6

Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer after you start to see growth. The easiest way to fertilize is to use a slow-release granular on the soil around the tree once a year in spring. Do not let the fertilizer touch the trunk.

Step 7

Mulch around the diameter of the top spread of the tree. This area will get larger each year until the tree is fully mature. Late fall to early winter, mulch heavily around the trunk to prevent frost crack, but remove the mulch around the trunk in early spring.

Step 8

Prune off all suckers and waterspouts from the base of the tree or coming up from the ground around the tree. The Higan Weeping Cherry tree is grafted onto a root stock that will send out straight branches and will take away from the weeping look of the tree. You may want to prune off the weeping branches if they touch the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Higan Weeping Cherry Tree
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


  • Ohio State University: Weeping Higan Cherry
  • About Cherry Trees: Weeping Cherry Tree
  • University of Florida Extension: Weeping Higan Cherry (PDF)
Keywords: Weeping Cherry trees, growing a Higan weeping cherry, planting flowering trees

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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.