Top Questions About Weeping Cherry Trees

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Questions About Weeping Cherry Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 3, 2011

Q. Weeping Cherry

My weeping cherry is already blooming but has limbs growing straight up. Do I have to wait until it goes dormant to cut these back?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 3, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If you can wait, I would. Pruning after it has started blooming and leafing out makes it susceptible to disease. If you need to prune it now, it will most likely be ok, but just keep an eye on it and treat any problems that might happen quickly.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 28, 2011

Q. Tree Sap Damage

Last fall our weeping cherry tree started to develop several cracks in the bark and began to leak sap. This year the tree did flower but not nearly as much as usual and it doesn’t seem to be leafing out as it should. I hate to lose this tree (don’t know the exact age but at least 13 years old). Does this sound like we are going to lose this tree? Is there anything we can do to save it?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 29, 2011
Certified Expert
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Fruit trees are very susceptible to frost cracks or bark splitting due to the fact that they have thin bark. These are caused by drastic temperature fluctuations, especially in the winter or by warm sun on the tree in the winter time. This then causes sap oozing. It can be reduced by providing some extra protection to the tree, especially the lower part of the tree. Normally, a paper wrap is used to give the trunk some extra winter protection.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 8, 2011

Q. Weeping Cherry Tree

I planted a weeping cherry tree last fall, through the mail. It came as a twig with two stubs at the top. The roots were really nice and planted it as the directions stated. As of now there is nothing but just the way I received it. Is there something I’m supposed to do that I am not doing ?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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It was a pretty cold winter for many parts of the country. It may not have survived the winter cold. This article will help you determine if it is still alive:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

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Asked by
rcg7 on
May 16, 2011

Q. How Do I Care for a Weeping Cherry Tree?

My tree was planted three years ago. I was not aware that I needed to cut the top out of it. It is very healthy but has an eight foot portion growing straight up. The total height of my tree is about 13 or 14 feet tall, it weeps at about 5 feet. It is now the middle of May; is it safe to prune out the top now or do I need to wait? I live in east Tennessee.

Answered by
Heather on
May 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can prune out the top, but I would not take more than a 1/3 of the tree off. It is safe to do up to 1/3 of the tree per year.

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Answered by
kathywalsh on
May 30, 2011
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how do i root the part i cut off to make another tree?

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Answered by
rcg7 on
May 19, 2011
A.

Thank you so much, hate to be such a dummy. The tree was planted for me when I was diagnoised with terminal cancer in 2008 and we were unaware of the pruning process. Can I do this now or do I need to wait until fall? Thanks again. Rick

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Asked by
emmajeanne on
May 22, 2011

Q. Weeping Cherry

What would happen to a weeping cherry tree if I trimmed it when it’s not dormant? This tree already bloomed its flowers.

Answered by
Heather on
May 26, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can do some light pruning anytime, but for the health of the tree, if you need to do heavier pruning, you should wait until its dormant.

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Asked by
kathywalsh on
May 30, 2011

Q. Root Weeping Cherry Branch

How do you root weeping cherry branch to make a new tree?

Answered by
Heather on
June 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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Weeping cherries are typically grafted rather than propagated by root cuttings. This article will explain how to do that:
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/grafting.html

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Asked by
1greenthumb on
June 14, 2011

Q. Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree

What do you use to spray weeping cherry trees with to stop insects from eating the leaves?

Answered by
Heather on
June 17, 2011
Certified Expert
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I personally like neem oil. It is often sold as fruit tree spray and is used on fruit trees for this very purpose. It will work just as well to keep bugs from an ornamental tree too.

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