How to Prune a Weeping Cherry Tree Mushroom

Overview

Pruning your weeping cherry into the shape of a mushroom is not difficult. By following standard pruning procedure and pruning the weeping branches higher, you can create a mushroom shape in your weeping cherry tree. For cherry trees, you should prune your tree in late winter or early spring before the buds have begun to swell.

Step 1

Decide on the height above the ground for your mushroom shaped weeping cherry. Measure the distance with a tape measure.

Step 2

Remove any dead wood or branches from the tree. Dead wood and branches stress the tree and have a negative impact on living wood. Use a pair of sharp pruning shears on branches the size of a pencil or smaller. Use a pruning saw on larger branches.

Step 3

Prune away any branches that cross. Crossing branches can rub against each other. That rubbing can damage the bark and create a disease vector.

Step 4

Trim your weeping branches to the desired height above ground by clipping them with a pair of sharp pruning shears just below a leaf or bud.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measurer
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning saw

References

  • University of Florida Extension: Weeping Higan Cherry
  • Clemsom University Extension: Ornamental Cherry, Plum, Apricot & Almond
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