The Q&A Archives: Trimming a Weeping Cherry tree.

Question: What is the proper way and time of year to trim a weeping cherry tree. My weeping cherry tree is not the typical umbrella style. Honestly, it looks like a bat with wing spans.

Answer: Cherries are usually best left unpruned as much as possible in that each cut leaves a wound that is an open invitation to pests and diseases. Based on your description, I am not certain whether the tree is developing normally or not. In time, you may find that the tree is growing in a way that it will continue to add height in addition to spreading outward and will also have a naturally strong structure to its branching. I would suggest you consult on site with a professionally trained and certified arborist who has experience in ornamental trees and can show you how the tree is developing for the long term, and if necessary, perform corrective pruning or thinning. Good luck with your tree!

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