Small ornamental weeping trees and shrubs are often used near entrances and as specimen plants. Weeping plants have a distinct look and planting too many too close together lessens their unique effect. Weeping evergreens are best placed where their natural pendulous branches can add to the beauty of the landscape. Evergreen weeping varieties add further interest in the garden as they keep some green in the landscape during winter.
Weeping Himalayan Cedar
Weeping Himalayan cedar (Cedrus deodara 'pendula') is a cascading, evergreen weeping shrub that grows to a mature height of 3 feet with a 10-foot spread. The plant is well adapted to USDA Zone 7 to 8. The plant is also grown as a spreading ground cover given its natural width and has a tumbling, pendulous growing habit. The foliage is long, dark blue-green needles. Weeping Himalayan cedar grows best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Weeping Norway Spruce
Weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies pendula) is a low-growing, pendulous plant that can either be trained as a weeping tree or can be left to sprawl as a ground cover. The plant has an outward growth habit and if left untrained, it reaches a mature height of 1 to 3 feet with a spread of 10 to 15 feet. If grown as a tree, weeping Norway spruce can reach up to 6 feet in height. The foliage is deep-green needles and the spruce is very slow growing. If needed, the ends of the branches can be trimmed to fit space requirement. Weeping Norway spruce grows best in full sun and needs only light watering. The plant adapts well to variety of soil conditions and grows best in USDA Zone 4.
Weeping Serbian Spruce
Weeping Serbian spruce (Picea omorika 'bruns pendula') is an ornamental, weeping evergreen well suited for small spaces. The plant is slow growing and despite being upright, it has heavy, weeping branches. Weeping Serbian spruce reaches a mature height of 6 to 8 feet with a spread of 2 to 3 feet in about 10 years. With age the plant starts to twist and curl and this adds further interests to its shape. The foliage consists of fine-textured, dark-blue needles with blue-white undersides. The plants grow optimally in USDA Zones 4 to 7. Plant in partial shade or sun in a moist soil. Weeping Serbian spruce is moderately tolerant of drought.
- Karen's Garden Tips: Five Favorite Weeping Evergreen Trees
- North Carolina State University Extension: Weeping Himalayan Cedar
- "The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook"; Penny O'Sullivan, Karen Bussolini; 2007
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