Snow Fountains® Weeping Cherry - low form
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No garden is too large or too small for a Snow Fountain® Weeping Cherry. This dwarf weeping tree grows fast but stays small, and its tidy, naturally manicured-looking outline makes it the perfect fit for formal areas of your landscape, such as by your front door, street-side, or near your pool or patio. In spring, you’ll have a mini Cherry Blossom Festival of your own when the pristine white flowers crowd the branches so thickly you won’t be able to see through to the trunk. And even though the Cherry blossoms hog all the attention, Snow Fountain® is no slouch in the fall color department, either!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Spacing: 8-12'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Lake County, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, is an area blessed with rich farmland and scores of nurseries. One of the most prominent, Lake County Nursery, not only grows plants, but introduces new ones, too. LCN works with maples, dogwoods, crabapples, pears, and viburnums, but perhaps their biggest success story is Snow Fountain® Weeping Cherry, introduced in 1985. It’s hard to improve upon perfection. Our Low-Form Snow Fountains® are dapper little trees with a short trunk. They are grown to weep from a height of only 42 inches.
Great characteristics for tight spaces. Loads of gorgeous, white flowers cascade down the branches, welcoming the arrival of spring's longer days and warmer temperatures. Provides an excellent focal point in your landscape. A fountain of white in early spring with a fall show of orange to red foliage.
How to Grow
Snow Fountain® Weeping Cherry thrives in any sunny location in most types of soil, except those that stay wet. This is a grafted tree, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for suckers coming up from the base of the tree or growing straight up from the trunk—prune these out immediately. (Click here for the full scoop on pruning Weeping Cherries.) You’ll also want to watch out for Japanese beetles, which may chew Snow Fountain’s® leaves in summer. They may be picked off by hand or controlled with chemicals or organic sprays. Please don’t hesitate to ask our tree care specialists here at Bower & Branch™ for advice on the pest control plan that works best for you!
Questions & Answers
Wondering when is the best time to plant a Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Tree? (submitted 8/16/16)
Good question! For Snow Fountain the goal is to plant as early in Fall as possible and while the weather today does not indicate Fall has arrived, it has for the tree. The sooner we can plant the more root development we can expect through the remaining growing months. Roots can grow well into early Winter due to warmer soil temperatures.
Fall planting of Snow Fountain brings rewards! You will get to enjoy the Spring season show of color and at the same time your tree will grow quickly next season and will be prepared for Summer weather next year whatever that might be.
Follow our recommended planting practices and go forward with full confidence right now. Should the Summer weather persist, be sure to use our Water Element to assist you with keeping the newly planted tree watered well and properly. Through the Fall the Snow Fountain will enjoy more water as the tree continues to grow roots and stem caliper.
But remember: the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today!
Please click here to see our planting recommendations for your Bower & Branch tree.
This is the first Spring that I have my Snow Fountain Cherry Tree. What can I do or use to prepare it for the warmer weather after this snow is gone?
Thank you for your question! For the very first Spring season of your Snow Fountain Cherry Tree, our Growers recommend a couple of simple actions for providing care and ensuring health.
- Please plan to make an application of Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer - follow the directions on the label for rates. However, I've also asked our Growers to share their personal use stories, what they do at home with their Trees!
- Apply the Elements as soon as the ground is exposed or workable. So right after the snow melts away, they make three holes around the base of the Tree about 12'' away from the stem. These holes are about 8-10'' deep and about the width of a candle (1/2'' wide and 8'' deep) - a simple screw driver can be used to create these holes. Then pour in the Elements, filling each hole - this brings the living product right in touch with the roots which is what is desired. Cover the hole with soil or mulch and let nature do the rest! Repeat this effort in the Fall as well!
- Pruning - AFTER flowering or right near the end of it, our Growers prune Weeping Cherries of all selections & sizes. The timing allows for being able to see branches well before leaf break. Not a lot of pruning is required but you can expect to see a blast of new growth to take place as a result. Please read this article: How to Prune a Weeping Cherry Tree or watch this video on Pruning Weeping Cherries - the same principle applies for both high and low forms.
If you have any other questions - please don't hesitate to let us know! Happy Spring!
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Size A Trees:
4' Tall. Bower & Branch prunes these Snow Fountain at 42" to grow beautifully. Stem caliper around 1". Grown in our #7 tree container.
Size B Trees:
5-6' tall. Bower & Branch prunes these Snow Fountain at 42" to grow beautiful and unique low weeping forms. Stem caliper 1 - 1 1/2" grown and shipped in our #15 tree container.
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