Weeping trees are mostly natural sports
that must be propagated as cultivars. They are difficult
to place on account of their arresting form, and must
stand in isolation since much of their beauty lies in
the manner in which their branches sweep down to the
ground. Nothing should be grown under them.
Few trees are more frequently planted
in an unsuitable place than the weeping willow, attractive
when it is a small, slender tree, but becoming mighty
in age, when its form often has to be damaged by savage
BETULA PENDULA TRISTIS A graceful form
of the silver birch with steeply drooping branches;
youngii is smaller, more compact and slow-growing.
BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS PENDULA A good weeping
form of the common box. CARAGANA ARBORESCEN PENDULA
An attractive small weeping tree with yellow pea-shaped
flowers and fernlike leaves.
CRATAEGUS MONOGYNA PENDULA A weeping hawthorn;
pendula rosea has pink flowers.
FAGUS SYLVATICA PENDULA The weeping beech,
making a big tree; purpureopendula is a weeping
form of the purple beech.
FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR PENDULA The well-known
BUJOTI A honey-locust with pendulous branches,
ILEX AQUIFOLIUM ARGENTEOMARGINATA PENDULA
Perry’s silver weeping holly, berrying freely.
LABURNUM ANAGYROIDES PENDULUM A gracefully
MALUS The following crab-apples have pendulous
branches: M. floribunda’ `Excellens Thiel’, a
small tree with crimson buds and pink flowers, floriferous
but no fruit; M. prunifolia pendula, the weeping
Siberian crab, with numerous small, scarlet, persistent
fruit; M. pumila pendula `Elise Ratlike’, a weeping
form of the native crab.
MORUS ALBA PENDULA The weeping white mulberry
is a small tree with perpendicular branches, the fruit
PRUNUS PERSICA’Windle Weeping’ A weeping
peach with double pink flowers; P. subhirtella pendula,
the weeping spring cherry, has very numerous pale
pink flowers; in pendula rubra they are deeper
colored. P. yedoensis perpendens is a very pendulous
form of the early
Yoshino cherry. PYRUS SALICIFOLIA PENDULA
A very pendulous form of the silver willowleaved
SALIX ALBA TRISTIS The now common weeping
willow, making a large tree; S. babylonica is rare
and not satisfactory.
SOPHORA JAPONICA PENDULA A small arbour-like
tree with slender branchlets falling perpendicularly.
SORBUS-ARIA A weeping form of the whitebeam.
S. aucuparia pendula, a weeping form of the rowan.
Both are small trees.
TILIA PETIOLARIS The weeping silver lime
is a magnificent tree with a silvery sheen on the underside
of the large leaves.
ULMUS GLABRA CAMPERDOWNII The smaller
of the two weeping wych elms with very pendulous branches,
pendula being larger and more spreading in form.
INTERTEXTA A tall cypress of great beauty
with drooping branches. C. nootkatensis pendula a
handsome, rather large tree with long drooping branches.
JUNIPERUS RECURVA COXII A moderate-sized, narrow tree
with long, glaucous shoots drooping steeply.
LARIX LEPTOLEPIS PENDULA A weeping form
of the Japanese larch.
PICEA BRACHYTYLA This has slender, pendulous
branchlets, the leaves blue and white underneath; P.
breweriana, Brewer’s weeping spruce, is a sombre
tree with very long branchlets that hang vertically;
P. smithiana, the Himalayan spruce, is a large
tree with steeply drooping branchlets and exceptionally
TAXUS BACCATA DOVASTONIANA A yew with
spreading branches from which the branchlets droop;
aureovariegata is a golden-leaved form.