Cheal's Weeping Cherry
Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'
|Description||Clear, bright pink double flowers clothe the bare pendulous branches and hold until the leaves emerge. Bronze new leaves mature to green in summer. A terrific lawn specimen. Trunk has shiny, peeling coppery bark. Deciduous.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Arching, pendulous branches form a small tree 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide.|
|Special Features||Attractive Bark|
|Flower Attributes||Showy Flowers|
|Design Ideas||This is the quintessential cherry for the Japanese garden, but it's equally as well suited to the western traditional landscape. Plant where it's full form can be appreciated without distractions. Beautiful in a lawn or amidst a sea of muted groundcover where it becomes focal in early spring, or as soft summer breezes cause its tresses to gently sway. A favorite for overhanging water gardens and ponds. Use close to outdoor living spaces and in foundation planting where beautiful red bark may be appreciated up close in all seasons.|
|Companion Plants||This lovely tree belongs in Japanese style compositions with Variegated Japanese Water Iris, (Iris ensata 'Variegata'), Nuccio's Wild Cherry Azalea, (Azalea satsuki 'Nuccio's Wild Cherry'), Dwarf Whitestripe Bamboo, (Plieoblastus variegatus), Japanese Painted Fern, (Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum') and Golden Variegated Sweet Flag, (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon').|
|Care||Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.|
|Lore||The name of this plant, 'kiku-shidare-zakura' translates from the Japanese as "weeping-chrysanthemum-cherry."|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8
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