Dwarf Weeping Cherry
Growing Your Own Dwarf Weeping Cherry
The dwarf weeping cherry is a smaller version of the ever-popular weeping cherry tree and is a great bet for people who love the look of the bigger tree, but do not have the space for it. The mature weeping cherry blossom tree tends to become really big, as much as 40 feet tall, and so some gardeners hesitate to introduce it into their garden, although they love the look of the tree and especially appreciate its flowers in the spring.
The dwarf weeping cherry offers the same gracious lines of the downward sweeping branches and it usually gets to about 15 feet in height. So, the term dwarf is only in relation to the full-sized tree. This dwarf tree offers the added bonus that it is a hardy species which tends to adjust to many different soil types and a range of temperatures. Those who pick a dwarf weeping cherry are picking the tree for its flowers, rather than the fruit because among the various cultivars of the cherry, some are specifically grown for the blossoms and others are grown for tasty fruits.
There are three types of dwarf flowering cherry trees. They are the:
Sand Cherry has reddish leaves and pink and white flowers with a pleasant fragrance. This tree is bush-like in its appearance and tends to grow to the height of 7 to 10 feet.
Carmine Jewel has emerald green leaves and plenty of white or pink flowers and is the only one of the dwarf cherries that produces edible cherries.
Snow Fountain is the variety which has the classic cascading branches associated with other weeping trees like the willow, and it produces striking white blooms come spring time. It does have a season when it produces tiny, sour fruits but these are more bird food than for humans to eat.
The Snow Fountain grows well in moist soil which has good drainage and needs 6 to 8 hours of sun exposure a day while being in partial shade. While it is a dwarf, you should still give it enough room in terms of height and width to grow well. Place it a little away from the house and do not crowd the area around it with plants. This will allow you to enjoy the vibrant spring display without other distractions.
Growing Tips For The Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree
You should plant the dwarf weeping cherry in a large hole and provide plenty of space for the roots to distribute. The root ball should be in level with the ground, but by filling your hole with peat moss and allowing for root penetration, you are giving your tree a head start in being a healthy specimen. A narrow hole can lead to tangled roots, and this is the main cause of many of the problems associated with these kinds of trees.
Mulch the area around the base of the tree thoroughly to prevent weeds. In the early days, you will be watering the cherry thoroughly and the moist ground can be a great breeding ground for weeds you do not want. Experts suggest a thorough soaking of the base in the first few days, and then a pattern of watering every three days until new growth appears. Once that happens, you can water once a week.
You should use fertilizer appropriate for flowering trees. Choose the water-soluble variety or the slow-release fertilizer stakes. The latter means that there is no danger of you forgetting to fertilize.
The other key element of caring for the dwarf weeping cherry is the pruning. You can train the tree to take the shape you want and there are many who choose a mushroom look. However, having picked a weeping cherry, there is much to be said for going with the natural flow of the tree. You can trim enough to control the growth and yet get the gracefulness of the floating branches if you go with the natural look. The best time to prune is after the flowering spring season.
The dwarf weeping cherry is expected to last as long as seventy years and with minimal care, you can have the joy of ushering in each spring with your own private cherry blossom festival.