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Let Natural Beauty Shine Through!

06 Apr Let Natural Beauty Shine Through!

Humans are obsessed with beauty. We spend billions of dollars enhancing the way we look, more often than not robbing the world of our innate natural beauty.The horticultural world is no different. Each year new introductions are made promising longer bloom times and more controlled growth habit.

Recently I have been reminded of this, as the Cherry Trees in our area begin to blossom. More specifically Weeping Pink Cherries, Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’. I don’t like Weeping Pink Cherries. More specifically, I don’t like the “cute” little umbrella shape that has come to identify this once natural beauty.

Prunus 'Snow Fountain' - White form

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'

An umbrella is not the natural form of this species, but is a weeping species grafted onto a standard (or trunk) of another cherry species.

Graft of weeping cherry onto a standard

It has become ubiquitous, it is everywhere.

Weeping Cherry planted together

Every once in a while though, an older specimen is encountered and the question arises, “Why do we mess with Mother Nature?”

The beautiful Graceful habit of an old specimen!

It may take time to reach this size, but it's worth the wait!

Which form do you prefer?

All the best,


  • Pat FitzGerald
    Posted at 18:18h, 06 April Reply

    Love the post Scott, goes to show the uniqueness in nature of trees, the real beauty of most truly good trees,like most good people, grows as they age.

    • Scott
      Posted at 19:47h, 06 April Reply

      Amen Pat, thanks for the comments!

  • Lesley
    Posted at 01:36h, 07 April Reply

    Great point, really well made!
    Best Wishes

    • Scott
      Posted at 06:02h, 07 April Reply

      Thanks for the comments Robert!

  • jocelyn/the art garden
    Posted at 14:29h, 07 April Reply

    I totally agree with you, Scott! On my “worst offenders” list: grafted caragana and grafted cotoneaster. Just. Plain. Stupid.
    Your (natural form)weeping cherry is really lovely.

    • Scott
      Posted at 19:53h, 07 April Reply

      Thanks Jocelyn! I don’t understand their allure. We should all have a “worst offender” list, in fact… I think I’ll start one!

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