What are dwarf weeping cherries?


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Dwarf weeping cherry trees are much like the more common and larger cherry trees typically seen in Washington D.C. but are naturally smaller in size and used more for decoration than practicality. The typical bright pink blossoms they grow can be seen every spring, but do not produce any cherries, which makes the dwarf more ideal for residential settings.

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They are described as weeping because of the overhanging, mournful effect the branches have. The dwarf variety thrives in full sun, but can be planted in partial shade as well. They require regular watering as well as good drainage to prevent root rot and blights that are commonly found in cherry trees. To maintain the tree's signature overhanging boughs and to help prevent disease, regular pruning is required, particularly for branches that point up as well as any that crisscross or rub against each other.

The dwarf weeping cherry tree was originally developed in Japan and China and imported to America in the 19th century. While the larger variety can grow up to a height of 25 feet, the dwarf only reaches 1/2 to 2/3 that height. There are hundreds of different types of cherry trees. The Shidarezakura is the weeping variety and typically blooms around early April in Tokyo.

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