Dwarf Weeping Trees – You’ve come to the right place if you want to add great interest to your landscape or a unique feature tree to your small garden. Here are different dwarf weepers that are sure to make your yard look better.
But what are these “dwarf weepers”?
Well, in horticulture terms, they are trees that grow 1 to 6 feet tall in 10 to 15 years, at a rate of 1 to 6 inches per year. If they meet that standard, then we can call them dwarfs.
Real weeping trees are just weird things that happen in nature. Where new tree seeds grow and sprout without the biological instructions for making trunks and branches that stay straight.
How to Choose Dwarf Weeping Trees
Over the years, small weepers have become more and more popular and are now used a lot in landscaping. The small size of dwarfs and the way weepers grow make them adaptable enough to fit into a wide range of design styles.
They also come in many different types of trees. Like evergreen, decorative, flowering, and even fruiting trees. I’ll tell you all of them in a minute.
When you think about each of these weeping trees and picture one or two of them in your garden, keep these things in mind:
- Hardiness Zone
- Size of Maturity
- Sunlight Requirements
- Maintenance Requirements
You’ll know you’ve found the right one when each of these checks all the right boxes for where you want to plant it.
Weeping anomalies don’t happen often enough in nature for them to be farmed and sold on the market. Most of the weepers you can find in nurseries and garden centers today were grown by grafting.
Grafting is a way to join two trees so that they look like they are growing as one plant.
In this case, a large branch from a real weeping tree is grafted onto the trunk (or rootstock) of a non-weeping tree of the same species.
How High and Wide Things Will Get
As was already said, dwarf weepers can grow up to 6 feet tall and spread out the same amount. Sometimes, a bit bigger. When planting many of these as a privacy wall or hedge, it’s important to leave space between them based on how big they are when you plant them. But size at maturity is more important.
With the right spacing, there will be enough room for growth. In addition, there should be enough air flow to prevent pest and mold infestations.
Flowering, always green, or losing its leaves
Because there are so many dwarf weeping trees to choose from, you don’t have to pick just one. A beautiful tree can have just one special feature. But in a long border or a circular “island” of planting, you can put trees with different heights, widths, and other characteristics next to other shrubs and flowering plants. Making a beautiful arrangement that will be interesting to look at all through the growing season and into winter.
The hardiness zone in which your weeping trees naturally thrive is one of the most important things that will determine how well they do.
Evergreens give harsh winter landscapes a sense of strength and resilience. Keeps its bright, steady green color as a reminder that spring is coming.
Evergreens might not be as happy in warm places where spring seems to last forever. Here, many dwarf weepers that flower and bear fruit do well.
Potted Weeping Trees
One way to get around the annoying growing zone problem in cold climates is to choose dwarf weepers that can be grown in pots. You can easily put these all over your garden, and you can move them to different spots every year. Then, since it was winter, they went inside.
This won’t be a problem in warm places, of course. But just like in cold climates, there is the same freedom to move and place. Here’s more about planters for trees outdoor if you’re looking for one.
Weeping dwarf trees and shrubs
Now that you know what dwarf weeping trees and shrubs are, how they’re made, and where to grow them, let’s look at four different types of dwarfs. There are evergreens, ornamental trees, flowering trees, and the show-stopping weeping cherry. There are different kinds of these.
Want to get more birds and pollinators to visit your garden? Keep an eye out for trees with fruit, as the nectar from these trees is the sweetest.
Look for evergreens that can handle heavy pruning if you want a modern look. Or a single flower that blooms a lot and looks great with a simple setting.
Dwarf Weeping Evergreens
When people hear the word “evergreen tree,” they often think of tall, dark green conifers with a lot of pinecones on them. That’s not the case with any of the three strong examples below.
I chose these three beautiful examples to start with because they show how interesting and useful dwarf weeping evergreens can be.