Pink Weeping Cherry Tree - Buying & Growing Guide

Prunus subhirtella var. pendula

The undeniable grace and beauty of the pink weeping cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella var. ‘Pendula’) makes it a wonderful addition to any landscape in zones 5-8. This tree is highly coveted for its umbrella-like canopy of cascading pink blooms that give way to dense green foliage. Here are a few interesting facts about pink weeping cherry trees:

  • Blooms early, flowering first, then developing leaves.
  • Flowers feature either single or double blooms in light or dark pink.
  • Lives up to forty years requiring minimal care.
  • Ships in 1-2 days
  • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
  • Pots or accessories are not included unless specified in the product options.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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Weeping cherries will tolerate partial shade, but they do better in full sun, 6 or more hours of direct light a day.

Watering

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Water your weeping cherry regularly when it is newly planted. Once established, cut back to watering on a weekly basis.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize after the tree has been growing for several years with a low-nitrogen fertilizer. Apply in early spring, before bud break.

Planting and Care

Planting instructions

The pink weeping cherry tree grows up to 25 feet wide. Plant your tree in an area with full sun. The soil should be moist, well-draining, and not prone to flooding. Dig a hole to a depth the size of the root ball and a width twice the size of the root ball. Leave a mound of soil centered in the hole to place the root ball on. Carefully place the tree into the hole on the mound. Cover with soil one or two inches above the crown.

Watering and nutrients

Water your tree when the soil is dry two inches deep below the surface. Place a water hose at the base of the tree on low and allow it to run for about 20 minutes. In the warm months, water your tree about twice a week. In the fall, water as needed. Refrain from fertilizing your cherry tree for the first two years. When it’s time to fertilize (early March), apply a low nitrogen fertilizer such as Dr. Jimz Chicken Soup For Soil.

Pruning

Pruning this tree should be done in early spring or late fall. To prune your weeping cherry tree, remove dead, diseased, or broken branches. The key with pruning is to remove dead and overlapping branches, and get live branches up off the ground. You may also prune your tree to achieve a desired shape, but take care not to remove more than 25 percent of the total canopy.

To prune your tree, use clean, sharp, disinfected shears. Locate branches with dead (gray) buds and trim as far back as possible. Then trim back overlapping branches, as well as live bud branches touching the ground.

Pests and diseases

Weeping cherry trees are fairly resistant to diseases and pests. However, some fungal diseases can occur. These diseases include canker, black knot, dieback, leaf spot, leaf curl, powdery mildew, root rot, and fire blight. To avoid these diseases, clean up fallen leaves regularly. Leaves that get left on the ground to overwinter create an environment for fungal spores, which can infect the tree in the spring.

Pests such as aphids, scale, borers, leafhoppers, caterpillars, spider mites, and Japanese beetles can be managed/controlled with Bonide Neem Oil. Because weeping cherry trees are prone to these diseases, having a qualified arborist evaluate your tree regularly can help keep it healthy.

FAQs

Does the weeping cherry tree produce fruit?

Yes, the tree produces a black, oval-shaped inconspicuous fruit. The berry is very small (about the size of a pea). Its flesh is intensely sour and surrounds a seed. The sourness makes this fruit unfit for human consumption. Wildlife, however, including birds, squirrels, deer, and small animals feed on the berries. This tree’s fruit does not pose a ground litter issue.

What does it mean when gardening experts refer to the weeping cherry tree as a grafted variety?

The scion of a weeping cherry tree is grafted onto a lower trunk of Prunus avium. This trunk is known as a “rootstock” or “understock.” Varieties of cherry trees are created using the grafting method (combining plants to incorporate features into one variety). The grafted scion becomes the umbrella form at the top of a weeping cherry tree.

Are weeping cherry trees safe to have around small children and pets?

Plants belonging to the Prunus spp. (Rosaceae family) are toxic not only to household pets, but also to humans, cows, horses, sheep, and goats. Cyanogenic glycosides are present in the stems, leaves, and seeds of a weeping cherry tree. When ingested, the body converts the cyanogenic glycosides into hydrogen cyanide which causes suffocation. The fruit of this tree is not toxic but it is non-edible for humans.

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Customer Reviews

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 20, 2021 at 12:46am
ratingPink Weeping Cherry Tree Review

I ordered two. The delivery service was two days late in delivering it, though had they followed through with their schedule, it would have been 4 days late. The packaging was great and protected the trees well. The burlap sacks the trees came in made planting them a breeze. One tree is doing well, but the other is struggling really hard. I think it's because they were left in a cardboard box in a warehouse or on a truck longer than they should have been. I'm giving them a 5 star review because it wasn't the tree farm's fault that they weren't delivered on time. The trees, once they start growing, will make a beautiful addition to my yard and the neighborhood. As far as shipping, if you can get expedited shipping, it might be worth the expense to help the trees out. I went for standard shipping.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer April 28, 2021 at 1:39am
ratingSatisfied

Very good customer service. Tree is smaller than I thought.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer July 21, 2020 at 2:57pm
ratingVery Happy!

I was worried for the first month because I thought it was going to die, but finally last week it turned the corner and is beautiful!

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 2, 2020 at 10:02pm
ratingNot Weeping over the tree we bought.

It was received as ordered. 4-5 feet tall. So far we like it, now we will just have to see how well it grows where we put it. Over all very satisfied.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 26, 2020 at 7:51pm
ratingExcited and Happy

The tree arrived in fairly good condition quickly! It had some green sprouts on the limbs and it was in a nice pot with moist soil. We planted it within a few days and it is still in shock. But we're excited to watch it flourish and grow. Fingers crossed as it is planted in the perfect place in our huge garden! When it is growing, it will be visible from everywhere!

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 16, 2020 at 4:09pm
ratingGreat start so far

We got the Pink Weeping Cherry Tree (small) and so far so good! We've had a few bad storms lately with tons of rain and wind and the little tree is holding on great! I think we'll have to wait for a long while to see this tree grow large, but if it's anything like the pictures I can't wait!

Mature height
20-30 ft.
Mature width
20-30 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Prunus subhirtella var. pendula
Shipping exclusions
AZ, CA, WA
Grows Well In Zones
4-9
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Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -10°F)
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