pruning a weeping cherry tree - Knowledgebase Question

Alpena, Mi
Question by kmwmc118
May 21, 2010
i have a weeping cherry tree planted about 6 years ago and it is growing lopsided. it has not gotten very tall but seems healthy. one top branch is about 1

Answer from NGA
May 21, 2010


You can coax the branches to grow downward by attaching small stones to the ends of the branches. On new branches I often just tie fishing weights to the ends to encourage them to hang down. On the branch that is one inch in diameter, it would be better to weigh it down than to cut it off. Pruning it off will encourage upright suckers to grow in its place. You can thin out some of the branches on the thicker side of the tree to make it look more symmetrical. Hope this information helps.

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