What Is a Pink Weeping Cherry Tree?

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A weeping cherry tree is an ornamental tree that flowers in spring with an abundance of pink or white blossoms covering arched branches. There are several varieties of the weeping cherry tree ranging in size from 8 to 40 feet tall, with a spread of up to 25 feet.

Weeping cherry trees bloom for an average of three to four weeks beginning in April. After flowering, the trees produce shiny green leaves with serrated edges and small dark fruit of interest to squirrels and other small mammals. Weeping cherry trees require well-drained soil, full to partial sun and room to spread out.

Three popular varieties of the weeping cherry that have pink flowers include the weeping Higan cherry, the snow fountains cherry and the Kwazan cherry. The Higan cherry or Prunus subhirtella var 'pendula' grows to 30 feet tall with a width of 15 to 20 feet. It tolerates partial shade and grows in gardening zones four to eight. A smaller variety, the snow fountains cherry, grows to 15 feet and spreads across 8 feet. The Kwazan cherry reaches 40 feet tall in zones five to nine and produces large double dark pink flowers. The leaves of this tree turn golden in the autumn.