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10 Dwarf Weeping Trees + Growing Guides

Weeping trees provide a unique look to any space they are planted in. Generally, weeping trees are not as large as upright varieties but can still reach 15-25 feet in height. This means planting them indoors is usually not an option. 

However, you can get dwarf weeping trees, which are essentially shorter versions of full-sized weeping trees. These dwarf versions do very well indoors and can also be used in your outdoor landscape if you have a small space to fill or you don’t want to compromise your line of view. 

Dwarf Weeping Trees
Dwarf Weeping Trees

Most of the weeping tree variations are cultivars, and the dwarf versions of these trees have been modified by humans to restrict their overall size. These trees are quite resilient and require very little maintenance. 

Here are some of the best dwarf weeping tree options to consider for your garden. 

1. Weeping Norway Spruce 

Weeping Norway Spruce
Weeping Norway Spruce

The Norway spruce has branches filled with needles, much like a pine tree. Unlike the pine tree, the Norway spruce is a weeping variety, so the branches hang downwards, and the entire tree tends to drape over the ground. This is a good choice if you want a tree that will cover a lot of open ground. 

On the other hand, if you provide the tree with some support in the form of stakes or a fence, it can creep over these objects and develop a more upright posture, so it grows vertically. 

This is a very resilient tree, and you don’t have to worry about pests or diseases damaging it. Additionally, the pine needles on the Norway spruce have a very pleasant fragrance, keeping the entire area around the tree smelling fresh. 

Plant Growing Details

Scientific Name: Picea abies

Growth Rate: Slow to medium

Native Range: Europe and Asia

Hardiness Zones: 3-7

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Needs: Moist, well-drained soil

Water Needs: Regular watering

Tolerate: Heavy shade, drought, and air pollution

Fertilizing Needs: Fertilize in spring with a balanced fertilizer

Pruning Needs: Prune as needed throughout the year.

2. Weeping White Pine

Weeping White Pine
Weeping White Pine

The weeping white pine is a highly prized variety of weeping trees due to its unique appearance. It has very fine pines on its branches, making it fluffy and nearly fabric-like. It has long branches that weep down to the ground. 

The dwarf variety of this tree has more of a mound-like shape and usually grows in irregular patterns. When it reaches its natural height of 4-7 feet tall, it can look a bit like a hedge but rounder and fluffier than a standard hedge. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Pinus strobus

Growth Rate: Medium

Native Range: Eastern North America

Hardiness Zones: 2-8

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Needs: Well-drained soil

Water Needs: Moderate watering

Tolerates: Heavy shade, air pollution

Fertilizing Needs: Not necessary

Pruning Needs: Prune once a year in late spring or early summer to maintain the desired shape.

3. Dwarf Weeping Willow

Dwarf weeping willow
Dwarf weeping willow

Weeping willows are one of the most popular weeping tree varieties, as well as one of the few weeping trees that are naturally occurring. The dwarf version of the weeping willow tree has different sizes and outlooks. 

These dwarf trees typically reach a maximum height of 5-6 feet. They have silvery stems with small golden leaves that are quite thick. The top umbrella of the tree looks like a dense plate of veins with long, thin branches weeping downwards. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Salix babylonica

Growth Rate: Fast

Native Range: Eastern Asia

Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Types: Well-draining soil

Water Requirements: Low to moderate water needs

Tolerates: Drought, heat

Fertilizing Needs: Use a balanced fertilizer twice per year.

Pruning Needs: Prune is needed in late winter or early spring.

4. Weeping Crabapple

Weeping Red Jade Crabapple
Weeping Red Jade Crabapple

As the name suggests, the crabapple tree is part of the apple tree family which are all part of the Malus genus. Therefore, the crabapple does produce some small fruits, but these are not palatable at all. 

However, this is a flowering tree, and its thin weeping branches are covered with white, red, pink, and yellow flowers during the flowering season. While the flowers only last a couple of weeks, they have green foliage and colorful fruits hanging on the tree all year round. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Malus domestica

Growth Rate: Slow-medium

Native Range: Central Asia, Europe, North America

Hardiness Zones: 4-8

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Needs: Adaptable to a wide range of soil pH levels; prefers sandy, loamy soils.

Water Requirements: Average water needs; keep the soil slightly moist.

Tolerates: Heat, humidity, drought, and some diseases

Fertilizer Requirements: Feed annually with a slow-release fertilizer at the start of spring.

Pruning Requirements: Prune in early summer to maintain its shape.

5. Weeping Mulberry

Weeping Mulberry
Weeping Mulberry

The weeping mulberry tree is not only a beautiful tree to look at, but it also provides some delicious fruit. The dwarf variety of this tree will provide much less fruit if any at all, but the good news is that it is edible. The tree itself has an upright posture with dwarf varieties – easily reaching 6 feet in height. 

The branches stem from the top of the tree and droop downwards, featuring medium-sized solid green leaves. This is a seasonal tree, so it sheds leaves in the winter, but during the summer months, it has rich and thick foliage. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Morus alba

Growth Rate: Slow-Medium

Native Range: Japan, China, Eastern Asia

Hardiness Zones: 4-8

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Types: Prefers sandy, well-draining soil

Water Requirements: Regular watering, especially during dry spells.

Tolerates: Drought, heat

Fertilizing Needs: Minimal fertilizing needs; feed annually in spring with a balanced fertilizer.

Pruning Needs: Prune to shape as desired; remove any sucker growth regularly.

6. Weeping Cherry Tree

Weeping Cherry Tree
Weeping Cherry Tree

This is one of the most beautiful weeping trees you can get. It is commonly found with white flowers, but you can also get varieties that have pink, red, lavender, or purple flowers. 

The dwarf version of this tree will grow to be 4-6 feet tall and develop a bushy top where all the flowers are located. It doesn’t have very long branches but as the tree grows, the entire umbrella will start to swoop downwards. With its colorful flowers, it is a vibrant addition to any garden. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Prunus subhirtella

Growth Rate: Medium

Native Range: Japan

Hardiness Zones: 5-8

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Types: Adaptable to most soils

Water Needs: Moderate

Tolerates: Heat and some diseases and pests

Fertilizing Needs: Light fertilizing in late winter

Prune or Shape: Prune in winter to remove broken, dead, or diseased branches.

7. Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

The weeping blue atlas cedar tree has a very dramatic look to it in terms of its structure, and the blueish-gray color only makes it more prominent. The pin needles on this tree grow in small, tight bunches, and they have a bluish-green color to them. 

They are also coated with a translucent white sheet which gives the tree a slight gray color when you look at it from afar. This tree can get to about 10 feet tall, but it also spreads out quite wide. 

The branches can be 6-7 feet long each, and they will spread horizontally across the landscape. Long stems with pine needles will droop down to the ground from these main branches. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Cedrus atlantica

Growth Rate: Slow

Native Range: North Africa

Hardiness Zones: 6-9

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Requirements: Well-drained, acidic soil

Water Needs: Moderate to regular water

Tolerates: Drought, air pollution

Fertilizing Needs: Low

Pruning: To maintain shape, prune in summer after new growth has occurred.

8. Weeping Hemlock

Weeping Hemlock
Weeping Hemlock

The weeping hemlock is a great choice if you want a windbreak or something that will provide solid cover to some parts of the property. This tree has very small pine needles, but they are so densely packed that they can create a solid structure. 

Moreover, the tree develops so that branches layer on top of each other and keep building up in the form of a mound. This tree does not get too tall or too wide, but it is very densely built like a hedge. It has a classic green color and a very gentle and wave-like structure. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’

Growth Rate: Slow

Native Range: Northern America

Hardiness Zones: 2-7

Exposure: Full to partial shade

Soil Type: Adaptable to most soil types but prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Water Requirements: Low water needs; water only during extended dry spells.

Tolerates: Deer and drought

Fertilization: Fertilize in spring with an all-purpose fertilizer.

Pruning: Very little pruning is required, but it can be done to shape the tree and remove dead branches

9. Weeping Beech Tree 

Weeping Beech Tree
Weeping Beech Tree

If you’re looking for a standout – a real show-stopper – then the weeping beech tree with its deep purple foliage is a great option. This tree can grow to be 5-8 feet tall, depending on how much ground space the roots have to spread. 

You can always plant this in a large pot if you want to limit growth. The foliage on this tree is extremely dense – so much so that you can’t even see the trunk of the tree when it is fully developed and in full flowering season. The leaves also have a glossy finish to them, and when combined with the natural purple color, it creates an amazing visual. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate

Native Range: Europe

Hardiness Zones: 4–7

Exposure: Full Sun

Soil Requirements: Adaptable; moderately moist to dry, acidic to alkaline soils.

Water Needs: Moderate amount of water in well-drained soil.

Tolerates: Moderate drought once established.

Fertilizing Needs: Fertilize in early spring with a balanced fertilizer

Pruning Needs: Prune as needed to control size and shape; best done after flowering. Avoid drastic pruning, which can disrupt the natural form of this tree.

10. Redbud Tree

Weeping Redbud
Weeping Redbud

The redbud tree is one of the few dwarf weeping trees that gives you amazing aesthetics in a compact package. The leaves on this tree can be purple, deep red or white. The tree itself grows up to 5 feet tall and has a small umbrella that does not have more than a 4 foot radius. 

This is perfect for the small front yards of modern homes. On top of that, this tree doesn’t droop all the way down to the floor, so you still have space to grow other small plants. 

Plant Growing Details:

Scientific Name: Cercis canadensis

Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

Native Range: Eastern North America

Hardiness Zones: 4 – 9

Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil Requirements: Adaptable to a variety of soil types

Water Needs: Moderate

Tolerates: Drought

Fertilizing Needs: Lightly fertilize twice a year (spring and late summer) with a balanced fertilizer.

Pruning Needs: Little to no pruning is needed. 

Final Thoughts

Dwarf weeping trees give your garden both a pop of color and a very unique foliage. All these trees are very low maintenance, and you don’t need to do much to get them going. However, you will need to be patient with some varieties as they can take several years to grow and reach their final stage. 

They are definitely worth the wait, though, once their signature style emerges and they show their eclectic and fragrant colors. 

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