Bring Tranquility to Your Landscape with Our Collection of Ornamental Weeping Trees
Ornamental Weeping trees get their name from their drooping branches, but these trees look more graceful than they do sad. Their limbs grow downward, hanging free rather than growing upward and sturdy. They have flexible branches that sway in the wind and are sure to bring tranquility to your landscape.
Our collection has a lovely variety of weeping trees, from mild weepers like the Crimson Cascade Weeping Peach Tree to more pronounced trees whose limbs will likely reach the ground, like the classic Weeping Willow Tree.
Weeping Tree Care Overview
Weeping trees are deciduous and will lose their leaves in late fall and grow them back in early spring. Flowering trees will bloom in spring and summer. Most of these trees can grow in most parts of the US, although some can’t tolerate the coldest and warmest regions.
Weeping trees are generally easy to care for because they require little maintenance, although some will need extra TLC in the form of water, especially in periods of drought.
How to Plant Weeping Trees
Plant your tree in early spring so it can have an entire year to establish a deep root system in your garden. Dig a hole 2-3 times as big as the root ball and fill the hole with healthy soil. Water the plant well to remove air pockets and add more soil as needed.
Mature Heights and Zoning
Most of our weeping tree collection can grow in zones 5-9. The hardy Weeping Willow can grow in zone 4, but the Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree and the Weeping Tamukeyama Japanese Maple Tree are limited to zones 5-8.
Some trees only reach a couple of feet tall and make great accent trees, while others can tower up to 40 feet and create shaded seating areas.
How to Water Weeping Trees
Water needs will vary between trees, but all of them must be watered generously the first year after being planted in your yard to develop deep root systems. Deep roots will allow them to reach for water in the ground and have a firm grip on the earth, both of which are important in extreme weather like drought or high winds.
The Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud Tree is drought tolerant and doesn’t have to be watered as often as other weeping trees after its first year in your garden. The Weeping Willow Tree, however, is a thirsty tree that appreciates as much water as it can get. If you can plant it by a pond or in areas of your yard that create puddles after it rains, you’ll have a happy tree.
How to Fertilize Weeping Trees
Weeping trees benefit from a dose of all-purpose slow-release fertilizer every year in the spring. Fertilizer will encourage root growth, shiny leaves, and more flower buds. Apply the fertilizer at the tree’s base, right at the roots. A slow-release fertilizer will feed the tree all year long, so you won’t have to give it multiple applications.
How to Prune Weeping Trees
The best time to prune your weeping tree is in late winter or early spring before new growth develops. Trees that don’t have flowers can be pruned any time of year, but it’s crucial to trim flowering trees before new buds arrive, or you’ll lose all the pretty flowers on your tree.
Weeping trees don’t have to be pruned to be happy. You can prune the limbs you don’t want as needed. You may want to remove dead or diseased branches, branches that are crossed or grown upright or trim branches that touch the ground. Weeping trees look their best when their limbs don’t touch the ground and can sway in the wind.