Trimming a Weeping Cherry tree. - Knowledgebase Question

Hazlet, NJ
Question by MOE508
July 10, 2007
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 from NGA
July 10, 2007


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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