Weeping cherry tree care

Weeping cherry tree care

Weeping cherry tree care
Weeping cherry tree care

Cherry tree is heavily favored in Japan and is called sakura flowers. In early spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom, people picnic in the gardens overgrown tree. Australian cherry ripe usually around Christmas time, whereas in the United States and southern Europe in June. Besides flowers and cherries also be decorated dish food or drink. Cherries contain anthocyanins, the red pigment that is good for health because it is an antioxidant. In addition, regular consumption of cherries every day can lower the amount of uric acid levels in the body.

If you are considering planting weeping cherries in the landscape, it helps to become familiar with weeping cherry growing tips. Weeping cherries grow and bloom best in full sun, but they tolerate light shade.

Weeping cherry flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, so avoid the use of insecticides while the flowers are in bloom.


Spread a balanced, acidic fertilizer starting 6 inches away from the weeping cherry tree trunk. Broadcast the fertilizer to just beyond the drip line in spring, when buds form.


Water the tree — up to 84 gallons of water — once per week during dry periods. While weeping cherry trees don’t perform well in wet conditions, they need water to grow and bloom properly, especially in sandy soils.


Prune the weeping cherry right after it flowers in the spring. Remove water sprouts, or limbs that grow upright, and any dead limbs. Trim any branches that touch the ground. Make cuts at a 45 degree angle, about one-quarter inch away from buds. Thin out branches that rub against one another.


Remove any suckers that grow up around the base of the tree. Cut them off at ground level with pruning shears.


Check for insect infestation, as scales, borers, aphids and spider mites all pose problems for weeping cherry trees. Hand remove any insects and egg sacks. Remove insect damaged wood. Treat the tree with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap following the package directions.

Weeping cherry tree care
Weeping cherry tree care


Lay a 3- to 4-inch layer of wood mulch around the tree. Start the mulch about 6 inches away from the base and spread it to a 3-foot diameter around the tree. This suppresses weed growth, maintains moisture and temperature levels in the soil and adds nutrients as it breaks down.


Look for signs of disease, including yellowing and browning leaves, rotted areas and dying limbs. Look for signs of canker, mildew and rot. Cut any diseased branches from the tree and dispose of them. Treat the tree with fungicide, such as horticultural oil, as a preventative using the package directions as a guide.