Weeping Cherry (Prunus pendula ‘Plena-Rosea’)

Weeping Cherry

  • Incredible Double Blooms in Very Early Spring
  • Exquisite Weeping Form
  • Excellent Focal Point or Specimen
  • Reliable Performance
  • Year Round Interest
  • Cold Hardy
  • Fast Growing

For the perfect touch to an exquisite garden, you’ll want to consider the beautiful Weeping Cherry (Prunus pendula ‘Plena-Rosea’). A traditional Japanese garden plant with a pronounced weeping form, the Weeping Cherry is blessed with uncommon beauty, grace and style, this delightful tree is a spectacular addition to any landscape.

Weeping Cherry is an exquisite accent tree that commands attention all year long. Easy to grow by beginning gardeners to its natural height and width, this grand specimen can also be a wonderful project plant for experienced gardeners.

With a few simple pruning cuts while the plant is young, you’ll help fit this beautiful plant like a glove to its planting spot. When this training is done, the Weeping Cherry becomes a truly magnificent focal point in the landscape.

This is a tree with a story to tell. Lyrical, downward-flowing branches and lovely bronze bark act like a siren song to draw you closer. The branch structure is at once strong, yet delicate. Used as a focal point, Weeping Cherry keeps your interest year round.

When spring arrives, you’ll be astonished by the Weeping Cherry’s stunning display. This is often one of the very first plants to flower in spring, and it is an extremely welcome sight.

It creates a very special landmark in your neighborhood with a show of delicate, double pink flowers billowing along each beautiful branch. The spring flowers are truly a thrilling event, and you’ll enjoy a reliable display year after year.

When the flowers have passed, glossy, elegant leaves emerge. You’ll appreciate the tree’s lush shade all summer long.

In fall, the dark green leaves bring even more color as they turn shades of yellow and red for lovely fall color.

Songbirds love the inconspicuous, ebony-colored cherries, but you probably won’t even notice the fruit. The birds will eat them up quickly.

As impressive as the spring, summer and fall appearance is, some people find they appreciate the tree in winter best. During the winter months, this tree truly stands out. The bare branches trail to the ground seeming to weep at the loss of the summer sun.

Weeping Cherry is highly prized by homeowners, and it’s easy to see why. With such outstanding qualities, hardy temperament and fast-growing nature, the Weeping Cherry is a must-have for any landscape.

How to Use Weeping Cherry Tree in the Landscape

No Asian-inspired or Japanese Garden would be complete without this fabulous accent. And many homeowners are now building Meditation Gardens, where they can unwind and connect with nature in a very personal way.

This is a wonderful ornamental cherry tree to use as a focal point in front yard plantings, or in the backyard. Be sure to site it where you’ll see it from inside the house. After all, the early spring flowering may happen when the air still has a nip to it. Imagine yourself curled up in a comfy spot – warm and toasty – rejoicing in the pretty pink blooms signaling winter’s grip has thawed once again.

It’s best to give this tree enough room to spread out to its full mature height and width, although you’ll probably want to selectively prune it as a young tree in order to showcase its individual form.

Try planting it in a garden bed near a pool, fountain or pond. You’ll appreciate the reflected beauty of its wonderfully weeping form.

Tips for Care

Weeping Cherry is very easy to grow and tolerant of many conditions other trees would balk at. It’s a popular ornamental small tree. Long, gracefully weeping branches add movement to your landscape.

It does require well-drained soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil types from clay to sandy. Slightly acidic soils will deliver the best performance.

Check your drainage before planting your Weeping Cherry and mound up or create a raised bed if poor drainage is suspected in any location. Don’t use this tree in lawns. Instead, place mulch around the tree. This will help further set this accent off in your landscape.

Weeping Cherry prefers full sun, but will tolerate a partial day’s worth of sun. Always favor the morning sun and give protection from the hot afternoon sun or strong wind.

Weeping Cherry (Prunus pendula ‘Plena-Rosea’) Details

Common name Weeping Cherry
Botanical name Prunus pendula 'Plena-Rosea'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Fast
Height 20 - 25 ft.
Width 15 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Light Pink