Nature Notes: Weeping cherry

The weeping cherry tree, center, is in downtown Frederick.

This article is part of a series of Nature Notes columns on Frederick County’s trees. Discover Frederick’s diverse array of trees on a self-guided walking tour. To see all of the trees, it should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Currently there are 27 trees; a list and a map are available at

Weeping cherry (Prunus pendula) is non-native. Like all cherry trees, the weeping cherry is in the Prunus genus, which is part of the rose family.

Any plant in the rose family is easily recognizable by its blossoms, which usually have five petals and multiple stamens with fat yellow anthers. Looking like a furry donut in the center of these flowers, these stamens are the male flower part; the swellings on the ends of the “hairs” are the anthers, where pollen is produced.

Other members of the rose family include blackberries and their kin, apple, plum, pear, almond and peach trees, strawberries, and also common “weeds” like cinquefoil. This tree can be found at coordinates: 39°24’59.3”N 77°24’34.1”W.

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The title was Horse Chestnut, nothing is in the article about Horse Chestnut. Growing up, we had one in our front yard. They are beautiful in the spring, but very messy.


The headline of the article is "Nature Notes: Horse chestnut" but the article never mentions the chestnut tree.


We removed a honey locust and "found" a small tree obscured by it that we kept. Turned out to be a weeping cherry. We "found" one just like it one street over. Not sure whether to thank birds or squirrels? It is quite tall and skinny from competing for sunlight, I guess. Really helped me get over losing the honey locust I planted when we moved here in 1980.

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