A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about our experience with pruning two weeping cherry trees. I’m back to give you an update.
It makes me sad. I believe that improper pruning of our weeping cheery trees led to their demise 🙁 We had 2 beautiful pink weeping cherry trees and one has died completely and the other one is no longer fully weeping.
Why Isn’t My Cherry Tree Weeping?
This is what our two weeping cherry trees looked like before they were pruned. They were sparse in places and the branches were touching the ground. I thought a good pruning would help fill them out. This picture was taken a couple years ago.
Since we had the trees pruned, one died completely and the other one has lost most of the weeping branches.
This cherry tree used to be 100% weeping, and now due to improper pruning, only a small portion of the tree now weeps.
In Learning the Hard Way – How to Care for a Weeping Cherry Tree, I detailed our experience with professional pruning of the trees and how improper pruning led to the loss of weeping. The post also explains the different types of weeping trees.
I am undecided on what to do now. The tree looks strange and it looks sad. Should I trim off the small portion of weeping branches or wait it out and hope the shorter branches grow longer and eventually bend over? If that does happen, it could take years. In the meantime, I have started to trim my own branches using this. It’s so easy to use and extends for higher limbs. You could also find one at your local Home Depot.
Do you have any experience with this? Drop me a line in the comments below
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