Smaller than full size varieties of weeping cherry trees, dwarf weeping cherry trees offer the same ornamental qualities of the full-sized versions, featuring graceful, arching branches that cascade to the ground and fragrant blooms in the spring. Dwarf weeping cherries are well suited for small lots and make an elegant addition to any landscape.
Dwarf weeping cherry is a small tree with a weeping growth habit. Varieties of dwarf weeping cherry include Snow Fountain, Sand Cherry and Carmine Jewel. Snow Fountain features the cascading branches often associated with full-sized weeping cherries. Carmine Jewel produces edible fruit. The trees reach a height of 7 to 12 feet at maturity and bloom with small, attractive white or pink five-petaled flowers in the spring.
Plant dwarf weeping cherry in well-drained soil in a location that receives at least six to eight hours of full sun a day. Do not plant the tree where it will be crowded; adequate air circulation is necessary to keep the tree in good health and to ward off disease associated with dampness. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and wide enough to accommodate the tree's roots. Center the tree in the hole and re-fill the hole with soil, tamping lightly to remove air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly.
Dwarf weeping cherries benefit from soil that is moist, but not waterlogged. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch annually in the spring to retain soil moisture. Fertilize with a slow-release water soluble fertilizer suitable for flowering trees. In the spring, the tree needs to receive water every three days until new growth appears. After that, it requires weekly watering. Prune back the dwarf weeping cherry's branches in the fall to shape the tree and to prevent the branches from trailing along the ground.
Dwarf weeping cherry trees are susceptible to some problems. Fungal and bacterial diseases include brown rot blossom blight, leaf spot, bacterial cankers, root rot, twig blight and powdery mildew. Pests that may attack the tree include borers, aphids, scale and tent caterpillar. Keep the tree vigorous with regular watering and fertilization. Do not allow the tree to sit in soggy soil. Contact your local county extension for recommendations for treating problems.
- Washington State University County Extension: Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry
- Michigan State University Extension: Snow Fountains Weping Cherry
- Weeping Trees: Dwarf Weeping Cherry
- Clemson Cooperative University; Ornamental Cherry, Plum, Apricot & Almond; Debbie Shaughnessy, et al.; June 1999
- Ohio State University: Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'
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