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Ornamental Weeping Dwarf Trees

A weeping blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula') amidst other plants.

Gardeners looking for dwarf ornamental trees with a weeping growth habit have a variety of cultivars to choose from—the trouble is narrowing down which you like best. Once a tree variety or cultivar catches your eye, determine if it will work in your garden and climate.

Most commonly available ornamental trees with dwarf and weeping traits can be divided into three main categories: evergreens, deciduous trees and flowering trees.

Evergreen Tree Varieties

Let's start off by looking at some evergreens.

A weeping white pine (Pinus strobus ‘Pendula') growing amongst other larger trees.
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Weeping White Pine

One ornamental, dwarf evergreen with a weeping growth habit is the weeping white pine (‌Pinus strobus‌ ‘Pendula,’ USDA plant hardiness zones 3a to 8b). This tree reaches just 6 to 16 feet in height with cascading branches.

Weeping white pines are low maintenance and cold hardy, but they are susceptible to wind damage—so they must be planted in a sheltered location.

A close-up of a branch of a weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula').

Weeping Norway Spruce

Another dwarf evergreen with a weeping, eye-catching growth habit is the weeping Norway spruce (‌Picea abies‌ ‘Pendula,’ zones 3 to 7), which is another cold-tolerant tree. It reaches a height of 4 to 15 feet with dramatic, drooping branches covered in a dense carpet of bright green needles.

A weeping variegated boxwood (Buxus sempervirens 'Aurea-pendula') branching out in various directions.
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Weeping Variegated Boxwood

Weeping variegated boxwood (‌Buxus‌ ‌sempervirens‌ 'Aurea-pendula,' zones 6 and warmer) is a broadleaf evergreen tree that is showy, small and branches with a draping habit. The foliage is a variegated creamy white and green, making this cultivar quite ornamental.

A majestic weeping blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula') strikes an impressive sight.
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Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Despite its small size, the weeping blue Atlas cedar (‌Cedrus atlantica‌ ‘Glauca Pendula,’ zones 6a to 8b) is one of the most dramatic weeping ornamental trees grown in gardens. It reaches between 3 and 12 feet in height with pendulous, rope-like branches that are covered in bluish-green needles year-round.

Although it is deer resistant, this tree needs shelter from strong winds that will break its delicate branches.

Deciduous Tree Varieties

Now let's look at some deciduous varieties of weeping trees, that is, ones that shed their leaves every year.

A Young’s Weeping birch tree (Betula pendula ‘Youngii') spreading out in an arboretum in Finland..
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Young's Weeping Birch Tree

Young’s Weeping birch tree (‌Betula pendula‌ ‘Youngii,’ zones 2 to 7) is a leafy ornamental tree with a weeping habit reaching a mature height of 8 to 10 feet. Its dramatic weeping look is only part of its ornamental appeal; it also provides an autumn display of brilliant, golden yellow leaves.


Young’s Weeping birch grows best in full sun but benefits from partial shade in the afternoon at the warmer end of its growing range.

Weeping Purple Beech

The weeping purple beech (‌Fagus sylvatica‌ ‘Purpurea Pendula,’ zones 4 to 7) has a dwarf habit that tops out at 5 to 12 feet, as well as showy purple foliage along its weeping branches. The foliage starts purple and matures to a greenish-purple color in summer before turning copper in autumn months.

A close-up of a leaf of a Red Dragon Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Red Dragon’).
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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Japanese maple trees such as Red Dragon (‌Acer palmatum‌ ‘Red Dragon’) are a good choice if you are looking for a small tree with strong ornamental traits and a weeping form. These showy trees make a brilliant focal point for small gardens in USDA zones 5 to 8, where they will reach a height of 7 to 8 feet. The segmented, lacy leaves have a burgundy color that turns bright red in autumn.

Chaparral Weeping Mulberry

Chaparral weeping mulberry (‌Morus alba‌ ‘Chaparral’) is a dwarf, weeping cultivar best grown in USDA zones 4 to 8. Its small size and pendulous branches give it strong ornamental appeal, although it lacks the dramatic autumn color associated with many ornamental deciduous trees.

A close-up of some branches of a Kilmarnock weeping willow (Salix caprea ‘Kilmarnock').
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Kilmarnock Dwarf Weeping Willow

No list of dwarf weeping ornamental trees is complete without the dwarf weeping willow cultivar Kilmarnock (‌Salix caprea‌ ‘Kilmarnock,’ zones 4 to 7). This fast-growing willow tree reaches a height of just 6 feet.

Kilmarnock willows are actually pussywillows—so they produce small, fuzzy catkins that give the tree a silver sheen in spring.


Kilmarnock willows are also listed under the name ‌Salix caprea‌ ‘Pendula’.

Flowering Tree Varieties

Now let's look at some flowering tree varieties.

Snow Fountains® (Prunus x ‘Snofozam')

Snow Fountains® Flowering Cherry

Several flowering tree varieties also provide a weeping, dwarf growth habit with ornamental flowers. Flowering cherry tree varieties such as Snow Fountains® (‌Prunus‌ x ‘Snofozam,’ zones 4 to 8) are highly ornamental. Snow Fountains® reaches a mature height of 8 to 15 feet with dainty, fragrant white flowers that have a faint blush of pink at the center.

Pink Cascade® Flowering Cherry

Another flowering, weeping cherry tree with a dwarf habit is Pink Cascade® (‌Prunus‌ x 'NCPH1,' zones 5 to 7). It grows to between 10 and 12 feet in height with long, graceful branches that form fragrant, showy blossoms in spring.

It is a pink weeping cherry blossom tree with double-petaled flowers. Its green leaves remain glossy through the summer months and turn yellow and red in autumn.

A close-up of some Louisa crabapple tree (Malus x ‘Louisa') branches with unripe fruit on them.
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Louisa Crabapple Tree

Louisa (‌Malus‌ x ‘Louisa,’ zones 4 to 8) is a weeping crabapple variety with a semi-dwarf form. It reaches 12 to 15 feet with weeping branches that are smothered in pink flowers in early spring. Louisa crabapples grow best in full sun and moist, fast-draining soil.

Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud

Weeping redbud trees such as Ruby Falls (‌Cercis canadensis‌ ‘Ruby Falls,’ zones 5a to 9b) stand out among other ornamental trees because both their flowers and foliage are are striking. The heart-shaped leaves start out burgundy in spring and fade to green by late summer before turning golden yellow in autumn.

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