Weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’) is a mid-sized deciduous tree that grows 20 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. The graceful whip-like branches are covered in pink blooms in early spring. The pendulous branches sway in the wind, adding the element of movement to the garden.
This is the Hartrampfs garden in Georgia with a nice green lawn, blooming cherry trees and purple hyacinths. The cherry trees become the focal point of the landscape and accent the stone house with their slight coloration. A small patio area has a table and several chairs.
A unique chandelier steals the show in this transitional dining room, evoking thoughts of a tree with its many branches. Naturally, the designers complemented the earthy look with vases full of flowers, a wood dining table and a mural of a cherry tree in bloom.
Plant ‘Compass’ fruits to make into jams and jellies. The small, juicy fruits are a cross between cherries and plums. Hardy in zones 3 to 8, the trees bear in the second year after planting and mature at 3 to 8 feet high.
Bronze-purple leaves complement pale pink blooms on ‘Newport’ cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’). Blossoms appear at the height of spring and fade to form dull purple fruit that birds enjoy. You can also harvest the fruit for eating or making pie or jam. Leaves turn deep purple by summer and shift to red hues in fall. Prune as needed after flowering. This is a small tree, growing 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Cornelian cherry ‘Red Star’ produces aromatic fruits with a tart-sweet taste. The trees, once down jus ornamentals, are related to dogwoods, and have a shrub-like growth habit, reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Grow two varieties for cross-pollination, and you may harvest as much as 40 pounds of cherries per plant. ‘Red Star’ holds its good looks in fall, when the leaves turn yellow and crimson.
This small flowering cherry hails from the U.S. National Arboretum’s plant breeding efforts. It’s well suited to small yards, growing to 25 feet tall with a spread of 15 feet. Pale pink flowers open in early spring. Leaves appear after flowering, unfurling to dark green. Fall color is gold. This tree boasts a hearty disposition, tolerating insects and disease. Hardy in Zones 6-8.
Landscape designers for this backyard paid careful attention to the plants' texture and size. Thin, narrow bamboo is used as a privacy screen, as well as an existing cherry tree. Succulents and perennials bring in color.
For shade in this backyard, there are a cherry tree and a wood pergola; the pergola also acts as the main focal point. All around the border, plants soften the more industrial look of the concrete patio.
Black flat river rocks ground a collection of small shrubs, variegated yucca and globed cherry trees in this contemporary landscape. A concrete walkway carves through the design, and granite orbs lend additional interest to the outdoor space.
Keep an eye peeled in lawns and planting beds for sapling trees. Often these trees, like this walnut sapling, sprout thanks to the diligent digging of squirrels. It’s especially easy to miss these beneath mature shrubs or roses, until you spot the leaves poking through the plant. The other place that seedling trees pop up are along fencelines, courtesy of birds who have been gobbling fruit, such as mulberry, cherry or holly. Small trees are easy to hand-pull. Grab a spade if they seem firmly anchored in soil. Keep an eye out for seedlings in spring when weeding or mulching. Remove any you see before they have a chance to develop a tap root.
A wall of Devonshire limestone encloses the garden, emulating the shape of a traditional Tansu chest. The treasure within is just as extraordinary, with sculpted pine trees, rare Japanese Maples and a hedge of weeping cherries enlivening the landscape.
Chokecherrry is a beloved native tree known for its black cherries that beckon birds—and make good jelly, too. Goldspur amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii ‘Jefspur’) is a dwarf form of the classic native, bringing the multi-season beauty of this tree to a size that fits any yard. White flowers appear in spring, followed by black cherry fruits in summer. Leaves shift to yellow tones in autumn, but the best show occurs in winter, when the gold peeling bark is visible. Size: 10 to 15 feet tall by 6 to 9 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 2-9.