How to Grow a Weeping Cherry From Seedling


The weeping cherry tree is popular in home landscapes, not only for its lovely blooms and colorful foliage, but for its graceful, drooping shape. The pink blooms will pop out even before the green leaves have emerged in spring, but once the leaves appear, they will remain glossy green all summer long, before turning a vivid golden yellow before they drop off in late autumn. The weeping cherry tree is a low-maintenance tree that once established, can live for many years. Plant a weeping cherry seedling in spring to get the roots time to establish before winter sets in.

Step 1

Purchase a healthy, young weeping cherry seedling from a reputable, local greenhouse or nursery. Be careful about buying from large retailers, because the trees may not be locally grown. Weeping cherry seedlings grown in containers are the best choice, but burlapped seedlings will also do well.

Step 2

Choose an appropriate planting site for the weeping cherry seedling. Well-drained soil is crucial, so don't plant the tree where rainwater sits for more than three or four hours. Weeping cherry can be planted in partial sunlight, but the tree will produce more and bigger blooms if it's planted in full sunlight.

Step 3

Dig a hole for the weeping cherry seedling. The hole should be no deeper than the height of the seedling's root ball, but two to three times as wide.

Step 4

Remove the weeping cherry seedling from its container, and set the tree in the hole. Be sure the top of the root ball extends at least an inch above the soil level.

Step 5

Fill the hole half-full with soil, then allow a garden hose to run slowly into the hole. Once the planting hole is full with water, let it drain before continuing to fill the hole with soil. Tamp the soil down with your foot to remove any air pockets.

Step 6

Spread a 2 to 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the flowering cherry seedling, but leave at least 8 inches uncovered directly around the trunk. Allowing mulch to mound up against the trunk can invite pests and disease.

Step 7

Keep the soil damp, especially for the weeping cherry's first year, but don't allow it to become soggy. Watering the tree slowly and deeply will encourage healthy roots that grow deep into the soil.

Step 8

Keep weeds cleared in the planting area, and don't plant lawn grass within 5 feet of the weeping cherry tree. Grass and weeds will both compete with the tree for moisture and nutrients.

Step 9

Fertilize the weeping cherry tree every spring, using a fertilizer formulated for flowering trees. Apply the fertilizer to the weeping cherry tree according to the directions on the package label.

Things You'll Need

  • Weeping cherry tree seedling
  • Shovel
  • Garden hose
  • Organic mulch
  • Fertilizer for flowering trees


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.