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Weeping Mulberry, or White Mulberry

Weeping Mulberry, or White Mulberry Tree

Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

The white, or weeping mulberry tree is a dioecious specimen, and there are distinct male and female cultivars. Like the plant with which I concluded the prior page, this one is also a dwarf. Morus alba 'Chaparral' is the male cultivar (see photo at right for a picture of white mulberry and its weeping habit). It will produce no fruit, and is grown, rather, for its weeping habit alone. The fruiting, female cultivar is Morus alba 'Pendula'. The fruit succeeds a greenish-white bloom and is not only edible and attractive, but is also useful for attracting wild birds. The only advantage to growing the male is that some homeowners find the fruit messy. For optimal fruiting on the female cultivar, grow in full sun. Zones 4 to 8. Height 6'-8', spread 8'-12'.

The "Red Jade" weeping crabapple (Malus 'Red Jade') bears a white flower that becomes an ornamental red fruit. This fruit persists throughout the winter, attracting wild birds that eat them in February and March as emergency food. Not only does it sport a weeping habit, but its contorted trunk lends additional interest to your landscaping, even in winter when the tree is bare. Hardy to zone 3.

Young's weeping birch (Betula pendula 'Youngii') is a 6'-12' dwarf variety. This birch tree makes for an attractive landscaping specimen, not only because of its weeping habit, but also because of its bark. For Young's weeping birch has the classic white bark that peels, providing a unique texture. Zones 3-9.

Weeping blue Alaskan cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Glauca Pendula') is a small tree (10') that can be grown in zones 4-7. Not a true cedar, it is sometimes referred to as a "false cypress" -- because, indeed, it is not a true cypress either! Seems they had to work overtime to come up with a suitable common name for this evergreen ....

Weeping blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’) is another weeping evergreen. This superb ornamental tree can be grown in zones 6–9. Pendant limbs drip with icy-blue needles. This slow grower prefers full sun and is a drought-tolerant tree.

It's difficult to provide dimensions for weeping blue Atlas cedar. It really depends on what you do with it. If you stake it, you can train weeping blue Atlas cedar to grow 10'-12' high, from which height it will cascade down. But if you don't stake it, the plant will look like an amorphous blob bubbling over the landscape. Weeping blue Atlas cedar will grow about 1' per year. Like weeping blue Alaskan cedar, this tree's powder-blue foliage provides year-round visual interest.

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