Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' (Weeping Higan Cherry)
Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' (Weeping Higan Cherry) with weeping, green summer foliage, grown in a 25-gallon pot.

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' (Weeping Higan Cherry)

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Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula,' also called weeping Higan cherry or simply weeping cherry, is a flowering cherry tree originally from Japan with a weeping growth form, with low-hanging, draped branches that can spread up to 40' wide from a mature tree of the same height. Quintessential pink and white cherry blossoms begin blooming in early spring and, when added to the weeping form, present a breathtaking display of dense blooms that sway in the wind and are beneficial to a variety of pollinators, including butterflies, bees, and even hummingbirds.

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula,' can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers organically rich loam that is kept moist, but well drained. In addition, weeping cherry can tolerate part shade, but prefers full sun.

Weeping cherry produces small, black-fleshed cherries, which aren't the best for human consumption, but attract birds and small mammals.


Mature Tree Height: Large: over 30 feet
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Loam
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White and Pink
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Keystone Plant, and Fruit
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Specimen Tree, and Shade Tree

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