Weeping cherries, with their profusion of spring blooms, are a stunning addition to any landscape. They are unmistakable not only for their beauty but also due to their size. Weeping cherries are not shrinking violets: They can reach mature heights of up to 40 feet, according to Ohio State University, with a canopy spread of up to 25 feet. Weeping cherry trees can be planted next to a fence. They will grow just fine as long as the fence doesn’t block access to sun or water. There are other points to think about, nevertheless, before you decide on where to plant the tree.
Think about the Neighbors
If your fence borders another person’s property, then think twice about putting your tree directly near the fence. The divisions will hang above the fence and into your neighbor’s yard. It is possible your neighbor won’t wish to rake the leaves up from this deciduous tree every fall. In reality, he may not need to — many city ordinances state the obligation of the tree falls to the person who owns the tree. This usually means you may end up on your neighbor’s yard, raking up leaves and selecting falling branches after a windstorm.
Think about the Fence
Another reason why not to plant a weeping cherry really close to the fence is the risk of damage. Weeping cherries are not the hardiest of trees. Their timber is often damaged by insect pests, diseases and even winter freezes. In short, the branches split, and they can drop onto and damage your fence. In addition, the roots of the tree may protrude somewhat from the ground as they spread away from the back. They can contact the fencing, potentially damaging the fencing over time.
Measure the Distance
If you don’t want your tree to fall leaves from your neighbor’s yard or fall divisions onto your fence, think about planting it at a distance far enough so the edges of the tree’s canopy won’t get to the fence. For a mature tree, that’s approximately 25 feet, although a lot of trees end up much smaller. To be secure, plant it 30 feet in the fence. Or, plant it nearer and commit to pruning the tree to control for size.
Look up, down and about: It is not just the fence you should be worried about. Weeping cherries have extensive root systems. Don’t plant them anywhere near underground sewer or power lines. The same goes for the space overhead. A mature tree can readily interfere with overhead power lines.