The Q&A Archives: Weeping Cherry

Question: Do you prune from the end of a branch or close to the trunk? I have found that pruning in the middle of a branch causes offshoots just above the cut that take awhile to turn down.

Answer: You're right - wherever you prune, you can expect one or two new branches to develop. If you want to thin the canopy of your weeping cherry, take the branches completely off where it begins to grow at the trunk. If you want to thicken up the canopy, cut random branches back, to the point where you want two or more branches to develop. Many gardeners simply cut all of the hanging branches off at a certain point to make the bottom of the canopy easier to walk under. (It looks a little like an umbrella when you trim the tips of the branches in this manner.) Prune your tree to achieve the look you want. Best wishes with your weeping cherry.

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