Weeping Cherry Trees

Weeping Cherry Tree

m.carle1 added on June 3, 2015 | Answered

Our weeping cherry tree is 9 years old and beautiful. My question is that a large root has grown out of the ground in a curved line. Do we cut it off the base of the tree or let it grow?

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Answered on June 4, 2015

Cutting an exposed root to a tree can be detrimental. A tree has 4 to 7 major roots and if you cut 1 it can be 25 % of it's root structure.

How far out from the tree is the root exposed? If the root is far away from the trunk of the tree cutting it away is an option. The closer into the drip line, the more critical.
Can you cover the root with some top soil?


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