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Weeping Higan Cherry

Scientific name: Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 8
Sun:Full sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:20 ft
Width:25 ft
Bloom:Winter flowers
Bloom Time:March
Bloom Color:Pink
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Weeping Higan cherry is raised for its weeping, cascading habit and the profusion of showy pink flowers that bursts forth in late winter before the leaves foliage.

The stone fruit variant is a deciduous tree which grows to a height of 20’ with a mature width of 25’. The branches are twiggy and whip-like. Leaves are arranged in an alternate fashion and are ovate in shape. The cascading effect is achieved by grafting the ‘Pendula’ buds 5’-6’ above the soil surface onto a stone fruit rootstock.

Single- or double-flowering, Higan cherry bloom consists of half-inch wide pink flowers that open in late March and last for a week. The flowers hang in pendulous clusters.

Grows well on a wide array of sites. Its best to avoid those which are poorly drained.

In areas west of the Cascades this species suffers from all the major stone fruit disorders including brown rot on the flowers, leaf spot on the foliage, and canker on the trunk. Be sure to select a sunny, windy location for this tree.
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