How to Prune a Weeping Cherry Tree

by Alex Kountry
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Although pruning a weeping cherry tree may seem daunting, it is actually quite simple! Follow these easy steps and your tree will be looking great in no time.

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Pruning a weeping cherry tree is vital to keeping the tree healthy and looking its best. The frequency of pruning will depend on the age and variety of the tree. Young trees should be pruned annually to encourage proper branch development. Mature trees can be pruned every two to three years. Pruning in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins, is ideal.

What is a Weeping Cherry Tree?

A weeping cherry tree is a type of cherry tree that has branches that droop down, making the tree appear to be weeping. The branches are covered in small, pinkish-white flowers that bloom in the spring. Weeping cherry trees are notoriously difficult to prune, as they have a tendency to “bleed” sap if pruned incorrectly.

Why do I need to prune my Weeping Cherry Tree?

You need to prune your weeping cherry tree for two primary reasons: to remove any diseased, dead, or dying branches, and to shape the overall growth of the tree. By selectively pruning away certain branches, you can encourage the tree to grow in a specific way that is pleasing to you.

When is the best time to prune my Weeping Cherry Tree?

Pruning time for weeping cherry trees is late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.

How do I prune my Weeping Cherry Tree?

Weeping cherry trees are often times used as specimen trees in the home landscape. Depending on the cultivar, weeping cherry trees can mature to be 15-25 feet tall with a spread of 6-12 feet wide. Since these trees can grow quite large, many gardeners choose to prune their weeping cherry trees to keep them a manageable size. Here are some tips on how to prune your weeping cherry tree:

Pruning weeping cherry trees is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This will give you a better idea of the tree’s natural shape and structure and help you make cuts more accurately.

Start by removing any dead, diseased, or damaged branches first. Then, you can begin shaping the tree by pruning sideshoots (branches that grow vertically off the main trunk) back to 6 inches in length. You can also remove any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other.

Next, decide which branches you want to keep and which ones you want to remove in order to achieve the desired shape for your tree. When making cuts, be sure to use sharp pruning shears and make clean cuts at a 45-degree angle just above a buds or side branch. Avoid leaving any stubs behind as this can lead to disease problems.

After you have finished pruning your weeping cherry tree, apply a thin layer of mulch around the base of the tree out to the dripline (the area where the outermost branches end). This will help protect the roots and conserve moisture.


It is important to prune weeping cherry trees in the late winter or early spring before the new growth begins. Doing so will help ensure that your tree grows healthy and strong.

When pruning, be sure to cut back any dead or diseased branches first. Next, cut back any crossing or rubbing branches. Finally, thin out the tree by removing some of the branches growing vertically.

Pruning weeping cherry trees is not difficult, but it is important to do it right in order to keep your tree healthy and beautiful.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books

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