Winter Interest Plants–Weeping Trees


Weeping cherry

On Monday we covered weeping evergreens and how those were an interesting change from the “upright” version of the same plants.  Today I’ll do the same for deciduous trees.


Everyone thinks of a Japanese Maple (admittedly not a weeping tree) when they think of deciduous plants for winter interest.  But really, any tree with interesting branch structure can have winter interest (not to mention those with interesting bark, which have fewer admirers unless we’re talking about something really “flashy” like a coral bark maple.)

One tree that fits both categories–interesting branch structure and beautiful bark–is the weeping Cherry.  Don’t groan–I know this tree has become somewhat of a cliché in gardening circles and every new tract home has a tiny one plunked at the corner or in the middle of the yard.

I ask you, instead, to look at a mature weeping cherry and to admire its “naked” branches in a snowless landscape.  It really is a thing of beauty.

There are lots of other weeping trees to choose from, but many are uncommon or hard to find. This one can even be bought at the box stores if you’re so inclined.

Sometimes it helps to think outside the box when seeking winter beauty in a snowless landscape.

2 thoughts on “Winter Interest Plants–Weeping Trees

  1. pbmgarden January 19, 2013 / 8:49 am

    It would be difficult not to love this tree! You bring up an interesting point about how we perceive the value of plants when they are used commonly. Some plants are considered must-haves for every garden, but others might be seen as undesirable because of over use. Susie

    • gardendaze January 19, 2013 / 11:38 am

      Hi Susie,
      Thanks for reading. Don’t you think that there’s a bit of “plant snobbery” out there? I find it’s particularly bad if the plant can be found at the big box stores. Now I’m not necessarily suggesting we all start shopping there–but in some areas of the country, that may be the most convenient place to obtain plants, or that may be the place with the largest selection of plants.

      I’m particularly fond of this tree since it was given to me as a “memorial” tree for my Dad. But even if that weren’t the case, I happen to think it’s a great plant and it makes an unusual winter interest plant. What more could I ask!


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