Ornamental Weeping Dwarf Trees

Updated February 21, 2017

Weeping trees are trees with hanging and drooping branches and are popularly grown as ornamental plantings in landscapes because of their unique shape and growth habit. A number of ornamental weeping trees come in the dwarf sizes and are especially suited to small-sized landscapes or for use as single specimen trees. Flowering dwarf weeping ornamental trees bring an added colour to the garden with their wide range of flower colours.

Dwarf Weeping Higan Cherry

Snow fountain (Prunus Snow Fountain) is a dwarf variety of the weeping higan cherry, growing to a mature height of 12 feet with a 12-foot spread. The tree has stout, drooping branches that flow toward the ground and blooms with white flowers in early spring. The flowers often appear before the new foliage. Snow fountain weeping higan cherry is susceptible to tree diseases common to the ornamental cherry trees including infestations from the Japanese beetle. Snow fountain is ideal for use in borders, near entrances or as single specimen trees.

Dwarf Weeping Mulberry

Dwarf weeping mulberry (Morus pendula) is a dwarf version of the weeping mulberry tree that grows to a mature height of about 12 feet. The small trees are also easy to grow in containers where they grow to only 6 feet in height. Dwarf weeping mulberry has a rapid rate of growth, achieving about 2 to 3 feet every year. The trees start to bear abundant, 3/4-inch-long sweet fruit after the first year. The deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter and produce their largest crop in late spring. Dwarf weeping mulberrys are favoured as fruit-bearing ornamental trees well-suited to small spaces.

Red Dragon Weeping Japanese Maple

The red dragon dwarf weeping Japanese maple tree grows to a full height of about 8 feet, achieving 4 to 5 feet within the five years of growth. The tree has the Japanese maple signature bright red foliage that retains its shade in areas of sun or shade. Red dragon has a relatively fast rate of growth and achieves a mature width of 8 or more feet. The red dragon variety was introduced from New Zealand and is well-suited to growing in containers or as a bonsai tree. The tree is ideal as an ornamental for smaller gardens and entryways and has low tolerance for very low or very high temperatures.

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