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PlantFiles: Weeping Cherry Tree, Weeping Higan Cherry
Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: subhirtella (sub-HIR-tel-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pendula

Synonym:Prunus subhirtella var. pendula

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 23, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The pendulous habit comes more or less true from seed, and consequently many different weeping clones of this species have been developed. That's why this is considered a botanical variety (var pendula) and not a cultivar.

The Latin descriptive names are long obsolete but still often encountered in commerce as pseudo-cultivars: 'Pendula' with white single flowers, 'Pendula Rosea' with pink single flowers, 'Pendula Plena' with double white flowers, 'Pendula Plena Rosea' with double pink flowers.

All are usually grafted at 6' on the species. The trunk usually thickens faster than the graft, and looks stubby in maturity. Bottom-grafted trees are usually multi-stemmed but to my eye look more elegant.

Fast growing. This is more pH adaptable than indicated above.

Positive AmberLily On Jul 5, 2013, AmberLily from Knoxville, TN wrote:

This is a lovely Tree in full bloom and the sleek green leaves in the summer are eye catching in my daughters yard. I give this tree a green thumbs up! Located in East Tennessee close to the Smoky Mountains National Park

Positive Irislover1906 On Apr 30, 2012, Irislover1906 from Cedar Lake, IN wrote:

I would like to add a weeping cherry tree to the yard. The neighbor, however, has many black walnut trees in his yard about 30 feet away. Will his trees prevent a weeping cherry tree from thriving? Thanks.

Neutral TerriKG On May 4, 2009, TerriKG from Woodstock, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have three of these lovely shaped trees. I planted them three years ago. They have grown quickly. The first year the flowers were abundant and gorgeous. Last year I had no flowers and this year very few flowers.
Hmmmm.....I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. I did not prune them beyond cutting the trailing branches that were hanging too low.

Neutral georgewms On Nov 19, 2007, georgewms from Knoxville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

below are some items from the information card that came with the plant.
Watering > water thoroughly once per week
Nutrients > fertilize lightly early each spring
Pruning > prune in spring after flowering
Fruit > black fruit ripens in the summer

I bought this tree at a local garden center in June or July so I haven't seen blooms yet and there was no fruit. By mid November all of the leaves have fallen off, not sure if that is usual or not. Hopefully a year from now I will be able to provide a good review of this plant.

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Neutral berrygirl On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Also known as 'Pendula Plena Rosea' and 'Yae Shidare-Higan'. Dbl flowered weeping cherry with rosy-pink blooms.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California
Danbury, Connecticut
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Jacksonville, Illinois
Greensburg, Indiana
Andover, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
West Monroe, Louisiana
Brookeville, Maryland
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Brooklyn, New York
Elba, New York
Fairport, New York
Newburgh, New York
Dover, North Carolina
Ferguson, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Strongsville, Ohio
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee (2 reports)
Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Dammeron Valley, Utah
Spokane, Washington

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