Weeping Flowering Cherry Trees
Weeping varieties of flowering cherry trees are native to Japan. These varieties are at their finest for fleeting period in April or May when their long hanging branches are awash with a cascading shower of white or pink blossoms.
Attractive features of a Weeping Flowering Cherry Tree
- weeping flowering cherry trees are perfect for small gardens as they aren't particularly vigorous, and retail their pendulous shape really well with little to no maintenance. They're also a great option for growing in a pot
- they grow well in most soil types and actually thrive in clay soil - where many species wouldn't - due to it being slow draining as this species prefers a consistently moist soil
- their small, mid-green leaves turn beautiful tones of burgundy and red in the Autumn, meaning these trees provide interest for many months of the year
Interesting facts about weeping flowering cherry trees
- though it's country of origin, it isn't common to see weeping flowering cherry trees in domestic Japanese gardens. They are usually found in parks, where the locals will gather and have picnics and drinks when the trees are in bloom, in celebration of Hanami, which literally translates as "flower viewing": this is a tradition that has been practised in Japan for centuries
- due to the way in which it flowers so brilliantly but only for a short time, weeping flowering cherry trees represent, in Japanese culture, the beauty yet fragility of life
- though bred mainly for their flowers, they often produce small cherry-like fruits: they're much too sour for us to eat but the birds love them!