The Q&A Archives: mature sizes of weeping cherry trees

Question: I wish to purchase either a weeping cherry, or mulberry tree for the front yard. What varieties have the smallest mature size as the tree will be in a bed about 8 - 10 feet from the sidewalk? Also, what is the root system of these trees- do they fan out or extend downwards?

Answer: Cherries, like all trees, have extensive spreading root systems. You might try a smaller maturing variety of ornamental cherry such as "Snow Fountains" growing to about 12 feet tall and wide. The weeping mulberry is in the same size range, as would be the "Molten Lava" crabapple. The crabapple would probably be the longest lived of the three trees. Make sure it is planted far enough away that it will not block the sidewalk.

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