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What Are Weeping Trees?
Photo of the weeping Higan cherry

A weeping Higan cherry

Image by David Paul Ohmer via Flickr

A weeping tree is one where the branches and/or leaves droop downward, creating a graceful profile. Most of these trees do not have this habit normally and are a result of mutations. These unusual specimens are propagated for sale through grafting, where they are placed onto rootstock of the standard species. You cannot plant the seeds of these trees and expect them to come out weeping.

Since these are grafted, you will need to keep an eye out for suckers coming off of the species rootstock. These can sap energy and alter the shape of the tree since they are not from the weeping variety. The best sucker control methods in this case are keeping the tree healthy and tearing any suckers off when they first appear.

One way to recognize that a tree is weeping by name alone is if the species or variety has a form of 'Pendulum' like 'Pendula' in it.

These types of trees are a great choice for a focal point in the garden. The unusual habit will catch the eye and draw it to that location. Many of these varieties are shorter than the species tree, so they are easier to fit into any garden.

Check out the following examples of weeping trees:

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