Nine Wonderful Weeping Trees (Besides Weeping Willow)
Weeping Trees Soothe Us
In the language of Trees, Weeping Trees evoke feelings of serenity. There’s something about their picturesque forms that calm us when we’re in their presence. The rhythmic rise and fall of their limbs speaks to us in soothing tones. The gentle sway of their pendulous branches in the breezes that blow are the epitome of grace. Weeping Trees bring an air of romance to the landscape. They are pure poetry.
The Iconic Weeping Willow
Perhaps you thought of the iconic Weeping Willow at the mention of Weeping Trees. With its long, slender, pendulous branches and silver-backed leaves that dance in the wind, Weeping Willow certainly showcases the unique beauty that this type of Tree can provide. However, few people have the space to grow a Weeping Willow. Here are nine Weeping Trees that will bring elegance to your landscape with their flowing forms, whether your property is a spacious estate or a modestly sized lot.
The Weeping Green Laceleaf Japanese Maple is like a cool green waterfall of soft, lacy foliage all spring and summer, but when the weather turns cool and crisp, it becomes transformed. In fall, the foliage changes to the color of molten lava flowing down the sides of Mt. Maple. In winter the smooth, muscly, gray branches are laid bare, adding visual appeal (you’ll want to touch them, too) to the winter garden. If you’d prefer burgundy-red leaves all season long, both Crimson Queen and Tamukeyama Japanese Maples will give you rich red color along with the same graceful weeping form.
The Weeping Katsura Tree is covered in pretty, heart-shaped leaves that hug arching branches which cascade to the ground. All summer long, this Tree is a fountain of soothing green foliage, and in fall the leaves turn a cheery yellow, occasionally with hints of orange. But don’t think the show stops there, because Katsura Tree plays the funniest trick in late autumn—its falling leaves smell like cotton candy! You won’t believe your nose. This is a moderately fast-growing Tree when supplied with plenty of water.
Power meets grace in the Purple Fountain Weeping Beech, a long-lived, splurge-worthy specimen Tree with an especially unusual weeping form. This showpiece naturally develops a prominent central leader that proudly shoots skyward like a spire, while its side branches weep strongly all around. The branches are clothed in foliage that emerges a vibrant crimson color, becoming deep chocolate-purple in summer and turning shades of butterscotch in autumn before falling. Consider this impressive living sculpture an investment in your home, as it will only get more valuable (and more magnificent) with each passing year.
The fast-growing Summer Cascade River Birch will paint a restful picture all season with its lovely weeping shape and serrated leaves that flutter in the breeze. In fall, the foliage turns a warm buttery yellow before dropping to put on full display the papery, peach-colored bark. This special selection of our native River Birch Tree will be a daily reminder to you of the beauty of our natural heritage. It is more heat tolerant and more resistant to pests and diseases than most other Birches.
The Pink Heartbreaker® Weeping Redbud Tree is a Bower & Branch™ original that will lend an easy elegance to your landscape with its pendulous branches clad in large heart-shaped leaves. In early spring, you’ll be treated to a parade of delicate pink blossoms that line the charcoal-gray stems. We’ve found this looker to be as rugged as it is beautiful; its branches are stronger than the older Weeping Redbud, Lavender Twist (also known as ‘Covey’), and are more resistant to breakage. We think you’ll also be pleased with how fast Pink Heartbreaker® grows, yet it stays compact enough to use in small gardens.
Perhaps you thought of the Pink Weeping Flowering Cherry Tree at the mention of Weeping Trees. This popular Tree delivers springtime cheer to many neighborhoods with its long, arching branches smothered in sweet pink cherry blossoms. The Pink Weeping Cherry can become a rather large Tree, however, and it isn’t the best choice where space is limited. In smaller gardens, you may want to try the petite Snow Fountain® Weeping Cherry Tree. This stylish small Tree’s branches arch and fall straight down like a curtain and will sweep the ground if you let them. In early spring, its branches are engulfed in a mini-avalanche of frosty white blossoms, and in fall, the dark green foliage is set ablaze with tones of crimson, orange, and gold. Our Trunk Twist Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Tree has a coiled trunk that gives the eye additional curves to follow and draws attention in winter and all year long.
The Weeping Alaskan Cedar isn’t a household name, but this West Coast native evergreen Tree deserves to be planted more widely, and it doesn’t need to be in the Northwest in order to thrive. It grows in a pyramidal shape, with soft sprays of deep green foliage draped dramatically from its outstretched limbs. Weeping Alaskan Cedar presents a very dignified silhouette that marries well with both traditional and contemporary styles. Why plant another (yawn) Arborvitae? This sophisticated weeping evergreen will be the picture of grace outside your window all year-round.
The Chaparral Weeping Mulberry Tree doesn’t grow like a regular Mulberry Tree, but stays much smaller, and instead of reaching for the sky, its branches cascade to the ground. This fast-growing, dome-shaped weeper may be just the ticket when you want a special Tree to set off an area of your landscape but don’t want to wait forever for it to bulk up. The kids will enjoy discovering the secret playspace underneath Chaparral’s thick canopy of foliage.
Weeping Trees Bring Serenity to the Landscape
Weeping Trees make us feel at ease with their flowing forms and bring feelings of restfulness and serenity to the landscape. In the language of Trees, Weeping Trees say, “Relax. It’s going to be all right.” Plant one of these nine wonderful Weeping Trees in your own yard and hear that message every day.