Add Landscape Interest with Weeping Trees

Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon'
Weeping trees add interest to the landscape all year long. Instead of growing straight up, their branches gracefully cascade down. Some are small, so they're easy to tuck in any size yard -- or even container gardens!

Weeping Juniper

'Tolleson's Blue Weeping' Rocky Mountain juniper is stunning, offering blue-tinted evergreen needles on wonderfully weeping branches. Like other Rocky Mountain junipers, 'Tolleson's Blue Weeping' is a small tree that's very hardy and holds up to heat and drought. It's native to North America.

Name: Juniperus scopulorum 'Tolleson's Blue Weeping'

Size: To 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil; the plant is very drought tolerant.

Zones: 4-7

Native to North America: Yes

Weeping Purple Beech

Among the more dramatic weeping trees around, 'Purple Foutain' beech bears bold, purple-black leaves in spring and summer that turn a coppery bronze in autumn. Being tall and skinny, it's perfect for yards of any size.

Name: Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'

Size: To 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide; very slow growing

Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 5-7

Native to North America: No

Weeping Mulberry

A small tree that's exceptionally easy to grow, weeping mulberry is commonly used by home gardeners and professional landscapers alike.

It features shiny green leaves and pendulous branches that can reach the ground.

Name: Morus alba 'Chaparral'

Size: To 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil; the plant is drought tolerant.

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

Note: In some areas, this species of mulberry has shown invasive tendencies. Check local restrictions before planting it.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Weeping blue Atlas cedar is a delightful evergreen that features silvery-blue needles and cascading branches. Young trees are sometimes trained into fun shapes, such as the serpentine pattern shown here. Untrained varieties grow large and have irregular forms. They're usually the focal point of the landscape!

Name: Cedrus atlantica 'Glacua Pendula'

Size: To 20 feet tall and wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil; the plant is drought tolerant.

Zones: 6-9

Native to North America: No

Weeping Birch

Grow weeping beech for an amazing presence in your landscape all year long. The tumbling branches look beautiful in every season, as does the white peeling bark. In spring and summer, it offers arrow-shape green leaves; they turn a brilliant shade of gold in autumn.

Name: Betula pendula 'Youngii'

Size: To 25 feet tall and wide

Growing Condition: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil; it does best in cool-summer climates.

Zones: 2-7

Native to North America: No

Weeping Japanese Larch

Weeping Japanese larch is a fun one for the landscape. Like the other weeping trees in this slideshow, it offers cascading branches. But, in spring and summer, it shows off emerald-green needles that turn a rich shade of gold every autumn before falling to the ground.

Name: Larix kaempferi 'Diana'

Size: To 20 feet tall and wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 5-7

Native to North America: No

Weeping Redwood

The weeping form of one of the world's tallest trees, weeping redwood grows up but has cascading side branches. The trunk doesn't always grow straight, giving it the ability to form a unique, imposing figure in the landscape.

Name: Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Pendulum'

Size: To 50 feet tall and 20 feet wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 6-9

Native to North America: Yes

Weeping Crabapple

Many common trees have weeping varieties, including gorgeous spring-blooming crabapples. There are several selections to choose from, including 'Louisa', shown here, which features soft pink flowers, golden-yellow fall color, and showy yellowish fruits.

Name: Malus 'Louisa'

Size: To 15 feet tall and wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

Weeping Norway Spruce

Another fine evergreen tree, weeping Norway spruce offers rich, dark green needles and lovely drooping branches. It's one of the best evergreens to grow in cold climates and is reputedly one of the most deer resistant.

Name: Picea abies 'Pendula'

Size: To 15 feet tall and wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 3-7

Native to North America: No

Weeping White Pine

A graceful weeping evergreen tree that offers long, soft needles, weeping white pine is perfect for making a focal point in the garden. It has an irregular growth pattern so no two trees are alike (but all are gorgeous).

Name: Pinus strobus 'Pendula'

Size: To 20 feet tall and wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 3-8

Native to North America: Yes

Weeping Willow

Think about a weeping tree and weeping willow probably comes to mind. This easy-to-grow tree has a graceful shape and attractive golden-yellow fall color. It's one of the faster growing trees around, but that means it's also weak and easily damaged by storms.

Name: Salix alba 'Tristis'

Size: To 75 feet tall and wide

Growing conditions: Full sun and moist to wet soil

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

Note: Willows can be invasive in some areas; check local restrictions before planting them.

Weeping Cherry

A delightful addition to the spring landscape, weeping cherry shows off clusters of white flowers that hang from gracefully cascading branches. The shiny, coppery bark looks beautiful all year long. With attractive fall foliage in shades of orange and yellow, it's good looking all year long.

Name: Snow Fountains weeping cherry (Prunus 'Snofozam')

Size: To 15 feet tall and 8 feet wide

Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 5-8

Native to North America: No

Japanese Maple

Several varieties of Japanese maple offer branches that droop toward the ground, so you can find the form in plants that have burgundy, green, or even gold leaves. Smaller varieties fit well in the border, and also work well in containers. 'Red Dragon' is the variety shown here.

Name: Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon'

Size: To 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide; it's a slow grower.

Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Zones: 6-8

Native to North America: No

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