Adding weeping trees to your home’s landscape is a decision that will be difficult to regret. Whether you are planting an elegant willow along the bank of your stream, featuring a draped, flowering cherry in your front garden, or choosing to adorn your borders with any of the other 100-plus weeping tree types available.
Below, you’ll see the top 14 weepers that best incorporate that wow factor into your landscape. How will weeping trees do this? With their unusual growth habits.
Weeping trees have been formed with fewer cells that prohibit the growth of rigid branches. Resulting in pendulous limbs that arc downward in a glorious cascade of color and texture.
Choosing A Weeping Tree
Some trees display a stronger weeping habit than others, making it sometimes difficult to recognize their weeping status.
If you’ve been looking around at different weepers, you may have seen some with “pendula” in the name. This is an easy way to identify a weeping tree.
When making a decision, certain factors are key to determining its success in your garden. These are:
- Maturity size – compared to the size of your proposed space
- Light/soil requirements – compared to what your garden offers
- Recommended hardiness zone – only choose trees that are bred to survive in your region
Most weeping trees on the market have been grafted using the rootstock of non-weeping species. For example, part of a weeping cherry will have been fused with the rootstock of a non-weeping cherry.
Ensuring the quality of your rootstock is important because this is what determines the level of water and nutrient absorption your tree will benefit from.
Height and Spread
Within the family of weeping trees, some remain quite small. While others mature to monumental heights.
The smallest can reach 4-10’, in height, with a 3-4’ spread. Some of these are considered dwarf weepers. The largest, such as evergreens and willows, can mature to 30-40ft tall and wide. These variances make maturity size a critical decision factor.
Flowering, Evergreen, or Deciduous
Once you’ve established the maturity size you need, your next choice should be the type of weeping tree you’d like to grow.
Weeping Cherries and Wisterias are prolific bloomers that will fill your landscape with intoxicating fragrance and color.
Evergreens have a commanding presence and are the most low-maintenance option. While deciduous trees offer stunning, seasonal color, texture, and form.
Hardiness Zones indicate the regions where different trees will thrive, with each zone being measured by its coldest winter temperature.
Since trees have the ability to increase property values, they should be considered an investment. In order to protect your investment, it’s always best to choose trees that will flourish outdoors, in your particular neck of the woods.
14 Varieties of Weeping Trees
The unusual growth of the following trees can create a striking focal point in a variety of garden sizes. Especially when paired with complementary plantings.
With 14 different weeping tree types, in 5 different categories, one is bound to reach out as the perfect weeping tree for you.
If you’re looking to add height and drama to your landscape, then weeping evergreens are just the ticket. Each of these presents varying degrees of weeping growth, offering distinct and eye-catching options.
Yet, being evergreen, all are exceptionally low-ma
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Tree
(Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’)
The Weeping Blue Cedar spreads its trunk and arms 20’ high and 15’ wide, in zones 6-8. Creating a sweeping and dramatic appearance, at a rate of 12-24” per year.
Clusters of silver-green needles line each branch, like lace. Adding year-round intrigue and charm to rocky and sloped terrains.
Position this tree in a location that allows at least 40’ of space from your home or other structure, to allow for proper growth.
The average price for a Weeping Blue Atlas ranges from $169 – $360, depending on size and stage of maturity.
Weeping White Spruce Tree
(Picea glauca ‘Pendula’)
This White Spruce offers its own weeping twist, in zones 2-8. Short, pendulous branches drape from a sleek, upright trunk, each covered in small boughs of blue-green needles.
A small sapling will grow by 12” per year, reaching full maturity in just ten years. Continued growth will eventually see a maximum size of 30’ tall by 10’ wide.
When planting multiples, 6’ from trunk to trunk is sufficient for healthy growth. This is the proper amount of planting space from your home, as well.
The average price per tree is usually based on size and starts at around $50 for a 1-year-old sapling.
Weeping White Spruce Tree
(Picea glauca ‘Pendula’)
The features of this interesting dwarf conifer fall right in between our first two evergreen examples.
Long, trailing branches, lined with 3” swathes of green needles, hang from a robust trunk. New growth emerges a pale green and darkens with age.
This weeper will grow to a mature size of 15’ tall and wide, in zones 3-7, making adequate spacing critical to its success. 15’ from your home or 6-8’ from each other, is recommended.
Tiny saplings can be found for around $15, with more mature specimens ranging from $119.50 – $139.50.
Weeping ornamental trees offer high impact and presence in their own unique ways.
The following three options will look spectacular in small and large gardens, alike. Highlighting areas that may be lacking in color and texture, while enriching the local ecosystem with supportive features like flowers, catkins and berries.
Weeping Pussy Willow
At maturity, the Weeping Pussy willow reaches 8’ by 6’, in zones 4 – 8. A waterfall of catkin pearls flows down from a single trunk, followed by lush, green leaves.
This dainty tree grows at a rapid rate of more than 24” per year. It will also be one of the earliest bloomers, starting its show in late winter.
Be sure to leave at least 5’ of space from your home, when planting. Or the same from each other, when planting multiples.
The median price for a Weeping Pussy Willow starts at roughly $90 for a 5 gal. pot.
Purple Plunge Weeping Plum Tree
(Prunus cerasifera ‘Purple Plunge’)
As if gorgeous, magenta foliage and fragrant, pink blooms that line its branches weren’t enough, the Purple Plunge Plum also presents an elegant weeping habit that matures to a statement-making 20’ tall and wide, in zones 5-8.
Blooms will not develop into fruit on this variety. But, this ornamental is a fast grower, expanding at a rate of 1-2’ per year.
When planting a privacy hedge, spacing between each should equal one-and-a-half times the tree’s mature width. Young weeping plums average approximately $50 per tree.
Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Tree
(Cercis canadensis Covey LAVENDER TWIST)
Undulating branches hang in elegant repose from a central trunk on this weeping Redbud variety. Dubbed “Lavender twist” for its profusion of lavender-pink, spring flowers, and heart-shaped foliage that ebbs to a soft purple, in autumn.
This unique Redbud can reach 10’ tall and wide, at maturity, at a rate of 12-24” per year.
Weeping Redbuds should be planted no closer than 8’ from your home or garage and a minimum of 15-20’ apart, in a privacy hedge. Prices range from $45 – $350, depending on size and maturity stage.
Weeping Birch Trees
Birch trees are coveted for their shimmering foliage and crisp, white bark. Sunlight is captured by these natural features and reflected back out across your landscape.
Weeping birch varieties possess the added charm of a waterfall effect through gently arching branches and those bright, reflective leaves.
Young’s Weeping Birch
(Betula pendula ‘Youngii’)
Young’s Birch is perfect for small to medium-sized gardens in zones 2-7, maturing to just 10’ tall by 15’ wide. In ideal conditions, this tree will grow by more than 2’ per year with sparkling, diamond-shaped leaves that drape from sinuous branches.
Allow this tree’s sprawling root system plenty of room by planting it at least 15’ away from your home. The same distance apart is recommended when planting these in rows.
The average price for a Young’s Birch ranges from $50.00 for a small sapling to $120.00 for a 5-6’ specimen.
White Birch Tree
The common White Birch is well-suited to large gardens, reaching 30’-40’ tall and wide, in zones 2-6. Serrated, teardrop leaves bud along pendulous branches, forming a rounded crown.
Tiny, yellow catkins appear in fall and become long seed cones for winter interest. Young birch trees show rapid growth (2’ per year) that gradually slows as the tree ages.
Birch trees should be planted at least 20’ from homes and utility lines. As well as apart when planting for privacy.
The average price per tree is usually based on size and ranges from $39.50 – $119.50.
Weeping Flowering Trees
Sitting beneath the canopy of a flowering weeper can be an ethereal experience. Looking up from beneath one feels like being gently showered with streams of scented flower petals.
These abundant bloomers grow in different sizes and hardiness zones, creating the opportunity for you to plant one in any size garden.
From a small vine, the legendary Wisteria Sinensis evolves into a magical weeping tree. With pendulous leaf fronds and swathes of fragrant, lavender flowers hanging from outward-reaching branches,
In zones 4-9, this weeper can reach 10’ tall and wide, at a rate of up to 10’ per year.
Space Wisteria plants 10-15’ apart to accommodate vigorous growth. Planting one near your home without worry will depend on the cultivar and the size of its root system.
The average price for a wisteria tree also depends on the cultivar, it ranges anywhere from less than $20 to several hundred dollars.
Crimson Cascade Weeping Peach Tree
(Prunus persica ‘Crimson Cascade’)
This stunning, ornamental peach produces long weeping branches, laced with dark pink, double blooms in springtime. Followed by lush green foliage that transitions to an autumn burgundy, along with small, non-edible fruit.
Perfect for small gardens and patios, this tree will mature to roughly 10’ tall and wide, in zones 5-9, at a steady rate of 1-2’ per year.
In the ground, weeping peaches should be positioned at least 20’ from your home and 12-15’ from each other. Young trees (roughly 2 years old) can usually be found for around $40.
Sweet Mock Orange Shrub
(Philadelphus x virginalis)
The Mock Orange can be grown as a shrub or multi-trunked tree by removing lower branches on which large, fragrant, white blossoms and bright green foliage line long, weeping branches.
This cold-hardy tree will mature to 10’ tall and wide, in zones 4-8, at a rate of 24” per year.
For a privacy hedge, space plants 6-8’ apart to accommodate healthy growth. The same spacing will apply when planting one near your home.
This abundant bloomer can be found for as little as $15.00 for a small plant. Mature plants start at around $40.
Weeping Cherry Blossom Trees
The Queens of flowering weepers are the Cherries. Also known as ‘Weeping Higan Cherries’, these have been prized and celebrated around the world, for centuries.
Tightly-packed buds erupt in a profusion of color and fragrance. Producing soft clouds of pastel pink or white, from single or double-petaled blossoms.
Pink Weeping Cherry Tree
(Prunus subhirtella var. pendula)
The first of these spectacular trees is the Pink Weeping Cherry, which makes a stunning focal point in large gardens, in zones 4-9. In spring, pink, double-blooms drape down in rounded form before lush, green foliage emerges.
Despite its soft appearance, this is a robust, cold-hardy tree that matures to 30’ tall and wide, at a rate of 1-2’ per year.
Allow at least 10 feet of space between your pink weeping cherry tree and your home and 10-15’ apart. The average price for this coveted tree starts at $170.00 for a 5’ specimen.
Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree
(Prunus x yedoensis pendula)
For midsize gardens, this Weeping Yoshino Cherry remains a more compact 15-20’ tall and wide, at maturity, expanding 13-24” per year, in zones 5-8.
White flowers, with a hint of pink, grow in clusters from the tips of sturdy branches on long weeping stems. In summer, flowers are replaced by dark green leaves that fade to a golden yellow, in autumn.
This blooming ornamental needs 25 feet of space from your home. This allows for unimpeded growth and foundation protection. The average price for a weeping Yoshino starts at around $110 for a 4-5’ tree.
Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry Tree
(Prunus x ‘Snofozam’)
The Snow Fountain Cherry puts on a brilliant seasonal show in zones 5-8. A profusion of snow-white blooms bud along downward-arching branches. Followed by vibrant green foliage that ebbs to a rich copper.
All forming a quaint parasol atop a single, stout trunk that matures to 15’ tall by 8’ wide, at a rate of 1-2’ per year.
Despite their compact size, Snow Fountain Cherries need at least 10’ of space from your home.
The median price per tree is usually based on size and starts at around $50 for a 4’ specimen.
Using Weeping Trees in Landscaping
The number of ways weeping trees can be used in your landscape is really only limited by your imagination. But, there are certain applications that have proven highly effective.
Evergreen and deciduous ornamentals present a lovely green, summer backdrop that flowering annuals and perennials will pop against.
Add plants with interesting textures and growth habits that compliment the papery bark of Birch trees or the long ribbons of foliage on a weeping willow.
Small-leaved ground coverings beneath grand weepers like the Pink Flowering Cherry offer visual support without distraction.
Petite weepers pair perfectly with small ponds and water fountains. These plantings often require less care because they get most of their moisture from these sources.
No matter the size of your garden, chances are there’s a weeping tree that’s perfect for it. Some varieties that would otherwise grow quite large, like the weeping pussy willow or the Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry can even be grown in pots on a small balcony or deck.
If you’re looking to fill a large garden space with something low maintenance? The pendulous Blue Atlas Cedar and White Spruce are fantastic choices that will fill those spaces rather quickly.
But, for a spectacular floral show on a grand scale, nothing beats a Pink Weeping Cherry tree raining beautiful blossoms all around your garden or a magical Wisteria trained across a wall.
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Ben's horticultural interest grew when graduating from Hertfordshire University in 1997. Having contributed to numerous publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design Magazine, and The English Garden. He is also the author of Propagating Houseplants Made Easy.