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weeping cherry pruning tips

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by Ethanslawn, May 19, 2013.

  1. Ethanslawn

    Ethanslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    i have a client who has 2 weeping ornamental cherry trees and he is asked me about pruning them. I have done trees and shrubs but ive never done a weeping cherry like he wants then done (thinned,balded and etc.). i was hopeing for some direction on where to start or even just the dos and donts. thanx for any advice,
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I genereally prune the branches that are Not Weeping, prune them off the ground, sometime take out side branches that clutter, and of course sickly ones... but I wouldn't prune it to an "umbrella" no matter how much they demanded it , becuz everyone one who sees it is going to think you're goofy in the head... :)
  3. Ethanslawn

    Ethanslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Okay that's what my thinking was I really appreciate
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  4. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,836

    The big thing that you have to look out for with all weeping ornamental trees, is the non-weeping "reverted" limbs that will want to grow up straight, essentially trying to revert back to their native upright shape. These limbs are generally easy to spot on weep cherries in the spring, as the reverted/upright limbs will have white flowers, whereas the ornamental weeping limbs will have pink flowers.
  5. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,747

    Weird. Is this a result of grafting? A different root stock trying to grow through?
  6. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,836

    Yes, basically a combination of both. Growth coming off the root stock below the graft point. You'll see this occur with weeping cherry, weeping mulberrys. Then there's the half crab-apple/half apple trees. The key is to "nip it in the bud" and cut out those shoots as soon as the sprout. The more that they are allowed to grow thru the years. The harder it is to do corrective pruning.

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