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Favorite Weeping Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Flowering Cherries, Sakura, Cherry Blossoms


Among the most graceful spring-flowering trees, weeping cherries with their frothy curtains of pink or white blossoms have been cultivated in Japan for many centuries. Their slender and flexible branches lead them to gracefully weep, sometimes almost kissing the ground. In spring, they are clothed in white or pink, single or double flowers, often before the leaves emerge. Swaying in the wind, they carpet the ground with their cherry blossoms at the end of their flowering season, just as the shiny, dark green serrated leaves emerge to create a fresh summer canopy.  While some flowering cherry varieties produce purple-black pea-size fruits, they are inedible and appeal only to a wide variety of birds including robins, cardinals, and waxwings.

Ornamental cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers. However, many varieties are noted for their multi-season interest. Some display wonderful fall color, with their foliage warming up to brilliant shades of gold, red, or orange. Others feature a graceful shape that commands attention with their cascading branches creating an umbrella where everyone would want to stand under. Not to forget the fascinating bark of some cherry varieties, exfoliating or peeling or shining like silk and adding a welcomed splash of color in the winter garden.

Weeping cherry trees make a terrific focal point in the landscape, with their black limbs holding up an umbrella-shaped crown of flowers. Easy to grow, they rarely need pruning. Just give them some sun and a well-drained soil and you will be rewarded with infinite beauty in your garden.

Guide Information

Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden
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