Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' Tree

Weeping Cherry Trees
  • £49.99 (ex VAT)

Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' has an elegant, weeping form that in March-April becomes coated in a profusion of carmine pink, single flowers. Mid-green foliage turns fiery shades of orange and red in the autumn before falling. A very small flowering cherry well suited to limited spaces and container growing, Prunus 'Pendula Rubra' will grow to a height and spread of just 3 x 3 metres in 20 years.

Tolerant of pollution, this ornamental weeping cherry tree will do well in most soils, but it's best to avoid very wet or shallow, chalky conditions.

AKA Single pink weeping cherry tree, Weeping flowering cherry tree, Weeping cherry blossom tree, Weeping Ornamental Cherry, Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra'

  • Common name: Single pink weeping cherry tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Pink flowers amongst a mid-green foliage in spring, turning fiery shades of orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most except very wet or chalky soils

Planting Advice for Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra'

When planting weeping cherry trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown weeping cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year.

To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

After Care Advice for Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra'

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Weeping Flowering Cherry Trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your cherry blossom tree to its own devices, weeping varieties react much better to being heavily pruned in the first few years. Pruning should be carried out in the dormant season, removing any branches growing upwards or straight down. A tip for pruning weeping flowering cherry trees is to always prune to an upwards facing bud.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The product table below gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' Form: Top grafted at 140cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 140cm 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)