A Guide to Weeping Cherry Trees

Weeping Higan Cherry trees are a type of cherry tree which are considered to be ornamental and are great trees for landscaping and providing shade. They have the ability to grow to 20 to 30 feet tall in height with leaves that are lance-shaped and between one to three inches in length! They bloom flowers in the spring of a white or pink color and are usually seen throughout three of the four seasons which is why these weeping Higan cherry trees are great landscape plants. If you are interested in planting weeping Higan cherry trees, you will find this article useful as we discuss the basics of growing this plant.

Weeping Higan cherry trees like many other fruit trees enjoy the full sun to grow as well as a moist, well-drained soil that has been properly fertilized. The great thing about these cherry trees is that they do not require a lot of attention during growth. Attention will only be feverishly needed if there are or have been signs of diseases, fungi or pests. However, there is no caution to growing these cherry trees that you need to look out for. Due to the fact that they have drooping branches, this makes them susceptible to mildew. Mildew becomes a problem when they attract insects to the weeping Higan cherry trees.


Weeping cherry trees have to be pruned especially if you want to your home garden to have a certain aesthetic appeal. Due to their ability to grow to 20 to 30 feet in height, they may become a nuisance if not pruned and pruned properly. There make great landscape plants but only so if they are pruned. Here we will discuss pruning tips you will find useful for caring for and promoting your weeping cherry tree’s aesthetic appeal.

1. When to prune weeping cherry trees -  It is always recommended to prone weeping cherry trees in the late summer, autumn or even early winter once the trees are moving into full dormancy; whichever works best for your gardening schedule. Why you might ask? Well, it is the best time because the trees are usually inactive at this time of their growth. You always want to prune the trees when the saps are moving slowly as this will ensure the trees bleed less where they have been cut or pruned. You never want your weeping cherry trees to bleed for an extensive amount of time.

2.  How to prune weeping cherry trees – Well, look for signs of branches growing out of control. If there are cases where some are growing too fast leaving other branches begin, creating an imbalance, prune those areas to achieve the balanced look.

3. Grafted or Non-grafted Weeping Cherry Tree? Grafted and non-grafted weeping cherry trees are pruned somewhat differently. You can tell whether your tree is grafted if you look close to where the branches start at the upper part of the stem of the tree or the trunk. For grafted trees, you should never cut the grafting scar. Only prune or cut the long straight branches that grow beneath the grafting scar. Non-grafted cheery tree branches should be left to grow even if the branches look awkward. These shoots will grow long enough and bend eventually promoting tree growth.

All crossing, dead and damaged branches should be cut off. Also cut those that have dropped very close to the ground. If you are especially going for an aesthetic appeal, keep the ground clean and clear.

Remember an attractive weeping cherry tree does not look too controlled hence be mindful of this whilst pruning. You want the trees to have a natural look and not one that shows that it has been pruned too much (all the time).

4.  Pruning utensils. If you are using a pruning shears, make sure it is kept clean so as to prevent the spread of diseases or plant viruses. Cleaning them with rubbing alcohol before usage can prevent this. Secondly, you also want to make sure the pruning shears are sharp. Once you have sharpened them with a file, clean them before pruning the trees.

Additional Tips and Information

A great way to avoid mildew and other pests is by pruning. Pruning essentially means using a shear to cut off branches and leaves that have gone bad or are going bad. The best time to prune weeping Higan cherry trees is in the spring after the flowers have bloomed.

When pruning, look for tree branches that are less than three inches apart as well as those growing perpendicular to each other. Additionally, if you notice green sprouts on the roots and trunk of the weeping Higan cherry trees that look like branches; you should prune them along with the perpendicular branches. These two promote mildew.

You also want to be mindful of the fact that these sprouts inhibit nutrients being transported to the branches so that they can develop into healthy branches, bearing cherries.

Be mindful that the trunks of the Weeping Higan Cherry trees can split easily in the windy season or during snow (winter). They also do not do well with smog. This is why it is ever so important to pay close attention to where these trees are being planted. That is why the Department of Agriculture of the United States will tell you to plant these trees in zones 4 through to 8.

Here’s a fun fact about the cherries of these trees; they are tolerant of extreme temperatures and stress. Be mindful that this is not a contradiction to what was stated earlier, the cherries of the tree are able to withstand certain conditions that the trees themselves cannot.

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