Dwarf Weeping Cherry
A Guide to Growing the Dwarf Weeping Cherry
The dwarf weeping cherry tree is one of the newest and most popular landscaping trees. It has a weeping form just like a weeping mulberry tree, bending towards the ground. The tree is grown for its bountiful white flowers in the spring and the fact that it is a very hardy tree that is not as hard to grow as other landscape trees. The tree is very new as it was just introduced in 2006 and it is a hard tree for growers to keep in stock.
Most of the reviews say that if you can find this tree, you should buy it. It is as close to a perfect tree as is possible. It can adapt to all types of soil and is not fussy about temperatures. When it is in full bloom it will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of your yard, no matter how large or small an area you have. The blooms are also fragrant.
As with other “weeping” variety trees, you can prune the dwarf weeping cherry to look more like a mushroom or you can leave it to grow on its own. If you do let it grow, the branches will reach to the ground, making an almost cave-like space underneath the tree. A dwarf weeping cherry can grow to be as high as twenty to thirty feet and be equally as wide. It is thought that the tree should age well, with its lifetime estimated to be over seventy years.
Planting a dwarf weeping cherry tree is not hard at all. The biggest challenge will be finding a tree, if it continues to grow in popularity. Pick a site for your tree that gets a lot of direct sunlight, at least 6 to 8 hours each day. Plan on its growth in terms of both width and height by leaving at least twenty feet on either side of the tree.
Begin planting by digging your hole. It should be double the size of the root ball. Use a garden or pitchfork to make several tiny holes in the bottom of the large hole. These are to permit easier root growth. Gently take the dwarf weeping cherry from its pot and place the root ball in the hole you have dug. Steady it in the center of the planting hole and make sure that the top of the root ball is at the same level as the ground.
Add peat moss to the soil that you are about to return to the hole and mix it all together. Fill in half of the hole with the soil/peat moss mixture and then water thoroughly. Let all of the water drain into the soil and then refill the hole with water a second time. Now you can return the rest of the soil to the hole. Always use either your hands or feet to gently press down on the dirt so it packs into the hole.
The final part of planting the dwarf weeping cherry tree is to mulch the ground around the tree. This will cut down on weeds and allow the soil to retain as much moisture as possible. In the first few days, the weeping cherry will need a lot of water. After the tree is planted, you should run a hose to it and give it a trickle of water for around an hour and a half. Then water every three days until you notice new growth on the tree. This type of tree requires an inch of rain every week.
You should fertilize your new tree with any of the brands of fertilizer that are slowly released over time. Sometimes with trees it is easiest to use a product such as fertilizer spikes to provide constant nutrition, especially in the first year of tree growth. As far as pruning goes, it is strictly a matter of personal preference. You will want to prune off any dead branches and those that look diseased, but beyond that you can either prune the tree dramatically or leave it to grow out.