Prunus pendula (Weeping Cherry)

Weeping Cherry, Weeping Spring Cherry (Prunus pendula)

  • Prunus pendula, Weeping Cherry, Weeping Spring Cherry, Spring flowers, White flowers, Pink flowers, fragrant flowers

Prunus pendula is an ornamental weeping cherry tree that has been cultivated in Japan for many centuries. Their slender and flexible branches lead them to gracefully weep, sometimes almost kissing the ground. Once developed, the branches become firm and stiff. In spring, they are clothed in white or pink, single or double flowers, often before the leaves emerge. Small but showy, the blossoms are held in clusters of 2-5 flowers. Weeping cherry trees make a terrific focal point in the landscape, with their black and heavy limbs holding up an umbrella-shaped crown of flowers.

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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

Hardiness 6 – 8  
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant TypeTrees
Plant FamilyPrunus - Flowering Trees
ExposureFull Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
AttractsBirds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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