cheal's weeping cherry
- Position: full sun
- Soil: tolerates most soils
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: bright pink
- Other features: retains shape well
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Weeping branches are covered in pink buds, opening to clusters of double pink flowers in mid- to late spring. Young bronze leaves turn glossy green in summer. This magnificent weeping tree is ideal for a small garden, as a specimen in the lawn or by a stream or pool.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.
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Q:I have had the Prunus in a pot and it did well for the first two years, but now it has only a few branches on the top. Should I repot in a larger containers/feed it (if so what kind of feed?) _ If I need to repot it, which soil should I use? I would like to buy a similar 'blossom' for my front garden which is rather small-can you please tell me whether these kind of tree have shallow or deep roots? Many thanks in advance.Asked on 13/10/2015 by INAMIA from Cardiff Penylan
It sounds as though the plant would benefit from a larger pot, more fertiliser, and possibly more water - and now is an ideal time to re-pot it. I would use John Innes No2 or 3 compost, which does have enough nutrients for the time being. In spring then, you can start to feed it with a good, general purpose fertiliser - following the manufacturers instructions, and make sure it is kept well watered during the warmer weather.
As for the root systems, as a general rule, Prunus tend to have relatively shallow roots.Answered on 14/10/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi, I live in Buckinghamshire and have quite a large empty garden and we are looking for some smaller trees to put in it to give a little interest. Are there any that you can recommend that grow around 7 - 8 ft, or can be pruned to keep to that height, but not too wide. The garden is quite open and can be windy and gets the sun all day long. ThanksAsked on 3/10/2013 by Twig from Buckinghamshire
7 - 8' is really very small for a tree, so your best option may be some shrubs, which tend to be lower growing. Here are some that can cope with exposure and don't mind being cut back if they get too big.
Euonymus Red Cascade
Viburnum tinus French White
Salix caprea Kilmarnock
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/salix-caprea-kilmarnock/classid.4700/Answered on 4/10/2013 by Helen from Crocus
We have a north facing garden with wet clay soil in Aberdeenshire. Would this tree be suitable and could we keep it pruned to a certain size? I would love a flowering cherry but have a feeling that they aren't suited to what our garden has to offer.
Thanks!Asked on 27/2/2013 by chook4 from Aberdeenshire
I'm afraid that Prunus generally prefer moist but free-draining soil to perform at their best. For heavy clay soil I would suggest looking for trees such as willow, cornus or poplars - I'm sorry they might not be as exciting as cherry trees! When planting I would advise digging the hole at least 3x the size of the plant and incorporating lots of horticultural grit, composted bark and well-rotted garden compost to help improve the soil and increase drainage. However the best option if you want to include a cherry tree would be if you could create a raised bed incorporating plenty of the materials mentioned above. The best time for any pruning is immediately after flowering in summer to reduce the risk of infection by silver leaf or bacterial canker. Alternatively, you could try growing a small cherry tree in a large pot, such as Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.4298, Prunus incisa Pendula http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.2000018168, Prunus mume Beni-Chidori http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.2000011175, or Prunus Hillings Weeping http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.2000012093. I hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 28/2/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Specimen plant/tree for centre of lawn
Hello, I'm planning on having a specimen plant/tree to go into the centre of the lawn in our garden, but I'm unsure of what the best choice would be. The area isn't very large so ideally I'm looking for something that will not grow very big, no more than 5 feet in height would be ideal. I really like Cherry trees and Magnolias, but I'm unsure if there are any varieties that would be suitable. I would like it to flower, but I don't mind if it is deciduous or evergreen. Also, the position would be in full sun. Any suggestions would be really appreciated, Many thanks, Kindest regards, NickAsked on 14/4/2010 by Gleaming Gem
A:Hello Nick, I suspect these might be too big (5' is really extremely small for a tree), but there are a couple of very compact plants that may be suitable. Here are some of the best. Prunus mume Ben-chidori http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Magnolia stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-stellata-/classid.4139/ Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulous http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/cotoneaster-hybridus-pendulus/classid.2000003017/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 15/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Suggestions for a Cherry tree, and climber to screen an external boiler please
Hi, I wonder if you can suggest some plants for the following situations? We are creating a garden (25ft) that will get good sun until late afternoon, but it is very exposed to winds etc. in the wintertime. I want to put a tree at the end of the garden as a focal point. I love cherry trees, so I was wondering if this might be an option, and if, so which variety do you recommend? Also, we have an external boiler which I want to cover with planting, -needs to be dense through the summer months, can you suggest any climbers/plants to screen it? The space is mainly in shade until late afternoon, North East facing, although against the back of our house so it is sheltered from the wind by a neighbouring hedge. Thanks for your helpAsked on 10/3/2010 by Hazel M
A:Hello Hazel, I think a cherry would be lovely, but you should opt for one of the smaller types so it doesn't take over you whole garden. The best is probably Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ As for the boiler, if you opt for any of the group 3 Clematis, then these get cut back hard each year in early spring, so you may be able to peel it off the boiler as it dies down. My favourites are:- C. Alba Luxurians http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-alba-luxurians/classid.7066/ C. Abundance http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-abundance/classid.2000005866/ or C. Arabella http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-arabella/classid.2000004765/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Please can you help with our choice of trees?
Dear Plant Doctor We would really like to get a few blossoming trees in pots on our patio. Ideally these trees would be around 6ft high and non-toxic to our cat.. Their position on the patio would be quite sheltered but they would get some sun throughout the course of the day. We were advised a dwarf apple tree would be suitable but hoped you would have some more ideas. Thanks in advance for your help P.s. We were told about your website from a local gardener who recommended it highly.Asked on 23/7/2009 by matthew sissons
A:Hello There, I do not have a list of plants which are toxic to cats (perhaps your vet could help you with that), but you could consider any of the following plants, which are happy in really large pots as long as you make sure they are kept well fed and watered Acer palmatum Bloodgood http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-palmatum-bloodgood/classid.81/ Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-shirasawanum-jordan-pbr/classid.2000018108/ Prunus Snow Showers http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-snow-showers/classid.2000018169/ Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Pyrus salicifolia Pendula http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/pyrus-salicifolia-pendula/classid.4672/ I hope this gives you a few ideasAnswered on 24/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Small potted Cherry blossom tree
Dear plant doctor, My wife loves Cherry blossom trees (specifically the white blossoms), but we are unable to plant an actual tree, so I am looking for a potted cherry blossom that will have an eventual maximum height of 1.8m. Your colleague told me that the Prunus Shirotae will continue to grow and need to be re-potted, which made it unsuitable. My question is this: "are there any cherry blossom trees that can stay potted and have a maximum height (either natural or due to pruning) of 1.8m?" Thanks in advance MarkAsked on 15/7/2009 by Mark Petitt
A:Hello Mark, There are some lovely smaller cherries, which will be happy in large pots as long as they are kept well fed and watered - here are some of the best. Prunus Hillings Weeping http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/prunus-hillings-weeping/classid.2000012093/ Prunus Snow Showers http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-snow-showers/classid.2000018169/ Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prunus-incisa-kojo-no-mai/classid.4298/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Prunus mume Beni-chidore http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/Answered on 17/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How do I plant my Cherry blossom tree?
Hi, What is the depth of hole I should dig for the Cherry tree 10L pot please? What type of compost should I use? Should I plant the pot the plant comes in as well or remove it before planting? How often should I be watering this tree if I plant it within the next two weeks? i.e. Ever other day for two weeks, etc. Regards, ScottAsked on 30/6/2009 by Scott Gilmour
A:Hello Scott, You should dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the existing rootball of the plant. You should then dig in lots of composted organic matter (or John Innes No 3 compost) and backfill until the plant will sit (without its pot) at the same soil level as it had in the pot. You can then gently backfill the sides around the rootball and firm it down without compacting it. As for watering, this will depend on a number of factors, but to be sure all you need to do is keep an eye on it and water it when the surrounding soil feels dry. We do have an article on how to plant on our site which you may find useful - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/artcat.114/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed?
I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??Asked on 2/5/2005 by David Poulter
A:There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4640&CategoryID=7 Arbutus unedo http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=78419&CategoryID=7 Malus floribunda http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4584&CategoryID= Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4594&CategoryID= Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4651&CategoryID= Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4643&CategoryID= Betula pendula 'Youngii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=358&CategoryID= Sorbus cashmiriana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4726&CategoryID= Amelanchier lamarckii http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=257&CategoryID= Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=138&CategoryID= Useful articles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plantdoctor/trees/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/feature/plantingtrees/Answered on 4/5/2005 by Crocus
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