By Amy Grant
If you?re looking for a flowering tree to accent your garden, try growing a Snow Fountain cherry. Click the article that follows to find out how to grow a snow fountain cherry, along with other useful Snow Fountain cherry information.
By Mary Ellen Ellis
Weeping cherry trees are compact, gorgeous ornamental trees that produce beautiful spring flowers. Pink Snow Showers cherry is just one of these trees and a great choice if you want pink blooms, vigorous growth, and a perfect weeping form. Learn more about it here.
By Jackie Carroll
A graceful weeping cherry tree is an asset to any landscape, but without special care, it may stop weeping. Find out the reasons for a weeping tree growing straight and what to do when a cherry tree is not weeping in this article.
By: Bailey Shoemaker Richards
Weeping cherry trees, sometimes called weeping snow fountain cherry trees, have noticeable branches that droop gracefully over the trunk and produce a cascade of white or pink flowers in the spring. Keep weeping cherry trees healthy to encourage showy blossoms each year of the tree's life. Fertilizer is one way to make sure cherry trees stay healthy.
Information about pests specific to Nanking cherry in Utah is limited. Most likely, the same pests and diseases that attack tart and sweet cherries will affect Nanking plants. Refer to Table 1 for pests that affect cherries throughout Utah and may be a problem.
Table 1. Common pests and diseases of cherries in Utah.
|Spider Mite||Very small arthropod that typically feeds on the undersides of leaves. Stippled leaves are a sign of mite feeding. Heavy infestations will have fine, silken threads on leaves and stems. They can reproduce rapidly (1 to 2 weeks to complete a generation).||Low populations can be ignored and are often kept in check by predatory mites. If high populations occur, apply insecticidal soap or 1% horticultural mineral oil every 5 to 7 days. Keep dust levels low around plant to prevent high populations.|
|Western Cherry Fruit Fly||Adults have a distinct banding pattern on wings. They lay eggs by piercing through fruit about the time when fruit begins to turn salmon blush color. White maggots develop inside of fruit.||Monitor with Pherocon AM (yellow sticky) traps. To prevent egg-laying, treat when fruits develop salmon-blush color. Spinosad, carbaryl, malathion, and acetamiprid can be used.|
|Black Cherry Aphid||Small black aphids attack the leaves. Curled and sticky leaves along with black sooty mold are symptomatic.||Small numbers can be ignored. Use a dormant oil when buds begin to swell in the spring.|
|Coryneum blight||Round, purplish-black spots develop on leaves. Eventually, the spots fall out, leaving a small hole.||Prune and destroy infected plant tissue. Prevent irrigation water from hitting leaves. Copper spray applied in the fall is recommended for severe infections.|
Gorgeous small tree, lovely shape. It only went in last year but was smothered in pink blossom. It has survived this awful winter and has started to put on buds so I'm hoping for another good show this year. The leaves turned a lovely autumn colour.
It will depend on your soil type, however as a very general rule, the roots will spread roughly the same width (or just a little wider) as the crown of the plant.
I have had the Prunus in a pot and it did well for the first two years, but now it has only a few branches on the top. Should I repot in a larger containers/feed it (if so what kind of feed?) _ If I need to repot it, which soil should I use? I would like to buy a similar 'blossom' for my front garden which is rather small-can you please tell me whether these kind of tree have shallow or deep roots? Many thanks in advance.
Hello, It sounds as though the plant would benefit from a larger pot, more fertiliser, and possibly more water - and now is an ideal time to re-pot it. I would use John Innes No2 or 3 compost, which does have enough nutrients for the time being. In spring then, you can start to feed it with a good, general purpose fertiliser - following the manufacturers instructions, and make sure it is kept well watered during the warmer weather. As for the root systems, as a general rule, Prunus tend to have relatively shallow roots.
Hi, I live in Buckinghamshire and have quite a large empty garden and we are looking for some smaller trees to put in it to give a little interest. Are there any that you can recommend that grow around 7 - 8 ft, or can be pruned to keep to that height, but not too wide. The garden is quite open and can be windy and gets the sun all day long. Thanks
Hello, 7 - 8' is really very small for a tree, so your best option may be some shrubs, which tend to be lower growing. Here are some that can cope with exposure and don't mind being cut back if they get too big. Aucuba http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aucuba/sort.0/ Elaeagnus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.elaeagnus/sort.0/ Euonymus Red Cascade http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/euonymus-europaeus-red-cascade/classid.2000012888/ Berberis darwinii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/berberis-darwinii/classid.299/ Viburnum tinus French White http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/viburnum-tinus-french-white/classid.4484/ Salix caprea Kilmarnock http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/salix-caprea-kilmarnock/classid.4700/
Hello, We have a north facing garden with wet clay soil in Aberdeenshire. Would this tree be suitable and could we keep it pruned to a certain size? I would love a flowering cherry but have a feeling that they aren't suited to what our garden has to offer. Thanks!
Hello, I'm afraid that Prunus generally prefer moist but free-draining soil to perform at their best. For heavy clay soil I would suggest looking for trees such as willow, cornus or poplars - I'm sorry they might not be as exciting as cherry trees! When planting I would advise digging the hole at least 3x the size of the plant and incorporating lots of horticultural grit, composted bark and well-rotted garden compost to help improve the soil and increase drainage. However the best option if you want to include a cherry tree would be if you could create a raised bed incorporating plenty of the materials mentioned above. The best time for any pruning is immediately after flowering in summer to reduce the risk of infection by silver leaf or bacterial canker. Alternatively, you could try growing a small cherry tree in a large pot, such as Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.4298, Prunus incisa Pendula http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.2000018168, Prunus mume Beni-Chidori http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.2000011175, or Prunus Hillings Weeping http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/classid.2000012093. I hope this helps. Sarah.
2013-02-28 Specimen plant/tree for centre of lawn Hello, I'm planning on having a specimen plant/tree to go into the centre of the lawn in our garden, but I'm unsure of what the best choice would be. The area isn't very large so ideally I'm looking for something that will not grow very big, no more than 5 feet in height would be ideal. I really like Cherry trees and Magnolias, but I'm unsure if there are any varieties that would be suitable. I would like it to flower, but I don't mind if it is deciduous or evergreen. Also, the position would be in full sun. Any suggestions would be really appreciated, Many thanks, Kindest regards, Nick
Hello Nick, I suspect these might be too big (5' is really extremely small for a tree), but there are a couple of very compact plants that may be suitable. Here are some of the best. Prunus mume Ben-chidori http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Magnolia stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-stellata-/classid.4139/ Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulous http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/cotoneaster-hybridus-pendulus/classid.2000003017/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor
Suggestions for a Cherry tree, and climber to screen an external boiler please Hi, I wonder if you can suggest some plants for the following situations? We are creating a garden (25ft) that will get good sun until late afternoon, but it is very exposed to winds etc. in the wintertime. I want to put a tree at the end of the garden as a focal point. I love cherry trees, so I was wondering if this might be an option, and if, so which variety do you recommend? Also, we have an external boiler which I want to cover with planting, -needs to be dense through the summer months, can you suggest any climbers/plants to screen it? The space is mainly in shade until late afternoon, North East facing, although against the back of our house so it is sheltered from the wind by a neighbouring hedge. Thanks for your help
Hello Hazel, I think a cherry would be lovely, but you should opt for one of the smaller types so it doesn't take over you whole garden. The best is probably Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ As for the boiler, if you opt for any of the group 3 Clematis, then these get cut back hard each year in early spring, so you may be able to peel it off the boiler as it dies down. My favourites are:- C. Alba Luxurians http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-alba-luxurians/classid.7066/ C. Abundance http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-abundance/classid.2000005866/ or C. Arabella http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-arabella/classid.2000004765/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor
Please can you help with our choice of trees? Dear Plant Doctor We would really like to get a few blossoming trees in pots on our patio. Ideally these trees would be around 6ft high and non-toxic to our cat.. Their position on the patio would be quite sheltered but they would get some sun throughout the course of the day. We were advised a dwarf apple tree would be suitable but hoped you would have some more ideas. Thanks in advance for your help P.s. We were told about your website from a local gardener who recommended it highly.
Hello There, I do not have a list of plants which are toxic to cats (perhaps your vet could help you with that), but you could consider any of the following plants, which are happy in really large pots as long as you make sure they are kept well fed and watered Acer palmatum Bloodgood http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-palmatum-bloodgood/classid.81/ Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-shirasawanum-jordan-pbr/classid.2000018108/ Prunus Snow Showers http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-snow-showers/classid.2000018169/ Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Pyrus salicifolia Pendula http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/pyrus-salicifolia-pendula/classid.4672/ I hope this gives you a few ideas
Small potted Cherry blossom tree Dear plant doctor, My wife loves Cherry blossom trees (specifically the white blossoms), but we are unable to plant an actual tree, so I am looking for a potted cherry blossom that will have an eventual maximum height of 1.8m. Your colleague told me that the Prunus Shirotae will continue to grow and need to be re-potted, which made it unsuitable. My question is this: "are there any cherry blossom trees that can stay potted and have a maximum height (either natural or due to pruning) of 1.8m?" Thanks in advance Mark
Hello Mark, There are some lovely smaller cherries, which will be happy in large pots as long as they are kept well fed and watered - here are some of the best. Prunus Hillings Weeping http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/prunus-hillings-weeping/classid.2000012093/ Prunus Snow Showers http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-snow-showers/classid.2000018169/ Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prunus-incisa-kojo-no-mai/classid.4298/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Prunus mume Beni-chidore http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/
How do I plant my Cherry blossom tree? Hi, What is the depth of hole I should dig for the Cherry tree 10L pot please? What type of compost should I use? Should I plant the pot the plant comes in as well or remove it before planting? How often should I be watering this tree if I plant it within the next two weeks? i.e. Ever other day for two weeks, etc. Regards, Scott
Hello Scott, You should dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the existing rootball of the plant. You should then dig in lots of composted organic matter (or John Innes No 3 compost) and backfill until the plant will sit (without its pot) at the same soil level as it had in the pot. You can then gently backfill the sides around the rootball and firm it down without compacting it. As for watering, this will depend on a number of factors, but to be sure all you need to do is keep an eye on it and water it when the surrounding soil feels dry. We do have an article on how to plant on our site which you may find useful - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/artcat.114/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor
What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed? I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??
There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4640&CategoryID=7 Arbutus unedo http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=78419&CategoryID=7 Malus floribunda http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4584&CategoryID= Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4594&CategoryID= Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4651&CategoryID= Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4643&CategoryID= Betula pendula 'Youngii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=358&CategoryID= Sorbus cashmiriana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4726&CategoryID= Amelanchier lamarckii http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=257&CategoryID= Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=138&CategoryID= Useful articles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plantdoctor/trees/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/feature/plantingtrees/