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9 Wonderful Weeping Trees

Weeping Trees soothe us.

In the world of Trees, Weeping Trees evoke feelings of serenity. There’s something about their picturesque forms that calms 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 branches in the breeze is 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 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. So, here are nine other Weeping Trees that will bring elegance to your landscape with their flowing forms, whether you have a spacious estate or a modest lot.

Throughout the spring and summer months, the Weeping Green Laceleaf Japanese Maple is like a cool green waterfall of soft, lacy foliage. When the weather turns cool and crisp, however, it transforms. In the fall, the foliage changes, taking on vibrant shades of red. In winter, the smooth 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 a moderately fast grower when given plenty of water. It’s 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. In the fall, the leaves turn a cheery yellow with the occasional hint of orange. But the show doesn’t stop there. The Katsura Tree plays the funniest trick in late autumn—its falling leaves smell like cotton candy! You won’t believe your nose.

Power meets grace in the Purple Fountain Weeping Beech, a long-lived and 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 a deep 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 the fall, the foliage turns a warm buttery yellow before dropping to display peach-colored bark. This special selection of our native River Birch Tree will serve as a daily reminder of our natural heritage. It is also 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 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 its 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, and are more resistant to breakage. We think you’ll also be pleased with how fast Pink Heartbreaker® grows while staying compact enough for 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 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 when space is limited.

In smaller gardens, you may want to try the petite Snow Fountain® Weeping Cherry Tree. This stylish Tree’s branches arch and fall straight down like a curtain and will sweep the ground if you let them. In early spring, a mini avalanche of frosty white blossoms engulfs its branches. In the fall, tones of crimson and orange set its dark green foliage ablaze. Our Trunk Twist Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Tree has an eye-catching shape that commands attention all year long. 

The Weeping Alaskan Cedar isn’t a household name, but this West Coast native evergreen Tree deserves to be planted more—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 has a very dignified silhouette that marries well with both traditional and contemporary styles. Why plant another (yawn) Arborvitae? This sophisticated weeping evergreen will be a year-long symbol of grace outside your window.

The Chaparral Weeping Mulberry Tree doesn’t grow like a regular Mulberry Tree. Instead, it stays much smaller. And, instead of reaching for the sky, its branches cascade to the ground. This fast-growing 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 space 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 they bring feelings of restfulness and serenity to the landscape. In the world 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 to hear that message every day.

2 Comments

  • Jayma says:

    What is difference between weeping cherry that I had and it became enormous after 12 years and was removed and the snow fountain weeper?

  • Wendi-Jo says:

    Hi Jayma!

    Thank you for your question!

    There are really only two differences between the Weeping Cherry and the Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry.

    First (and this one is the easy one), the flower color. The Weeping Cherry is going to have pink flowers while the Snow Fountain is going to have white flowers.

    Second, the mature height. The Pink Weeping Cherry (which it sounds like you had) will grow to be about 30′ tall whereas the Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry will only be about 12′ tall at the most.

    Other than those two differences, the Pink Weeping Cherry and the Snow Fountain are very similar.

    If the Pink Weeping Cherry was too large for your space, I would definitely recommend the Snow Fountain! If you have any other questions about the Weeping Cherries, please don’t hesitate to ask!

    Thanks again!

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