Prunus, Weeping Cherry Tree, Weeping Higan Cherry 'Pendula'

Prunus subhirtella

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Concrete, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2016, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

We inherited this tree when we bought our home. It was about 7 years old, had obviously been pruned, yet it stood twenty feet tall. It's a beautiful tree that gets morning shade and hot afternoon sun. In the ten years we've been here it has grown tall enough to necessitate pruning it back on the top regularly as it is situated next to the house. To do it justice, this tree needs to be set out where it can grow naturally and without restrictions. The form is interesting, developing great "mounds" of weeping branches. Some places say to "keep the soil moist", but I have sandy, silty, loam that dries to powder in the summer without careful watering. The longs months of fall, winter and most of spring are relentlessly wet, while our summers are very droughty (NW Washington state). The ... read more


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 indi... read more


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


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.


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.


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.

plant enthuiast


On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

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