weeping cherry tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by juliannalync
September 30, 2010
i purchase a weeping cherry tree this spring from hd. it has been leafing out unevenly. the right side has fewer hanging branches that are fairly short. the left side is much bushier with quite long branches. how and when do i prune--or will pruning ruin its shape?

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2010
It sounds like it is already out of shape so pruning it will only help. Wait until this spring, after it has finished flowering, then prune to shape. You can completely remove any misplaced branches and you can shorten other branches. You can thin out the canopy so the weeping branches are more evenly spaced. Any pruning will encourage new growth so watch to see how your tree responds to pruning and help it along by rubbing out any sprouts that emerge in the wrong places. It may take two or three different pruning sessions before you can make your tree more symmetrical in appearance but young trees are reasonably easy to train. Enjoy your landscape!

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