18 Beautiful Weeping Evergreen Trees with Hanging Branches

Have you ever come across an evergreen that looks like it really needs to be watered? With limber branches drooping downward in elegant, graceful repose? Chances are it may not necessarily need care. It may simply be one of many weeping evergreen trees and shrubs. 

If you’re considering adding one to your garden and have googled “weeping evergreens”, you may well have discovered lots of different varieties. Many with similar appearances and names, with just a few exceptions. 

But how do you tell the difference between one variety and the next, and choose one that’s best for your garden or outdoor entertaining space? Read on to find out. 

Choosing Weeping Evergreen Trees 

Weeping evergreens come in a menagerie of colors, textures, and sizes. By the time you reach the bottom of this article, you’ll have a crystal-clear picture of your options. 

As you read, keep in mind your planting location, sun and shade exposure, your climate, and of course, the tree’s maturity size. 

Eventual Height and Spread 

Due to their drooping nature, most weeping evergreens are smaller in stature than non-weeping specimens. Roughly between 6-12’ tall and 10-15’ wide. Dwarf cultivars are even smaller, to accommodate small gardens, decks, or patios. 

Planting Zone 

Highly tolerant of sub-zero temperatures and shorter days, many evergreens are prominent features in cold climates. Using limited sunlight to display vibrant color. 

Yet, some are native to tropical environments. Make year-round, weeping greenery attainable, no matter where you live. 

Soil Type 

When choosing your favorite weeper, it’s important to match its preferred soil type to your own. Typically, evergreens are happiest in nutrient-rich, well-draining soil that’s a bit acidic. Some are more drought tolerant than others. 

Weeping Evergreen Trees And Shrubs 

Now that you understand the basics, let’s look at some beautiful, garden-enhancing examples of weeping evergreens. Both full-sized and dwarf varieties. I’ve included images, descriptions, care requirements, and the average price to make choosing one (or two) a snap! 

Weeping Fir Tree 

Weeping Firs grow in highly diverse ways. From branches that heavily cascade down from the trunk to those that display only a slight bow. 

The following three examples will need significant room to grow but what a statement they’ll make in your garden.

Blue Cloak White Fir

Blue Cloak White Fir

(Abies concolor ‘Blue Cloak’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 10ft x 4ft [10 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 4 to 8
  • Position Full sun 
  • Soil Type Well draining soil with a pH range of 5 to 8 

Tree Appeal

The Blue Cloak Fir is famous for its glowing, blue foliage and bowing branches. Beautifully growing as a lone garden feature or when planted in bulk, this is a brilliant choice for winter interest and summer color.

Tree Care

This is a relatively slow grower and can grow to 10’ tall by 4’ wide at a rate of 9-12” per year, plant yours in a sunny spot and water regularly to encourage vibrant color. Plant in well-draining soil with a pH of 5.0 to 8.0. 

The average price per tree is usually based on size and ranges from $50 to $400. 

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Graceful Grace Weeping Fir

(Pseudotsuga menziesii ‘Graceful Grace’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 25 ft x 15 ft [15 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 5
  • Position Full sun 
  • Soil Type Slightly acidic with a pH range of 5-7, moist, well-drained clay or sandy soil

Tree Appeal

This weeping fir earns its name with branches, full of blue-green needles, that angle gracefully toward Earth. These require staking to remain upright, as the main trunk tends to “weep”. However, in natural growth, these do nicely as a shrub or ground cover.

Tree Care

Over a decade, Graceful Grace’s first reach 7-8’ tall and 3-4’ wide. Low maintenance and drought tolerance, these trees prefer full sun positioning, well-draining soil, and a pH of 5-7. 

The average price per tree is usually based on size and ranges from $65 to $300. 

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Weeping Silver Fir

(Abies alba ‘Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 8 ft x 4 ft [10 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 4-8
  • Position Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type Slightly acidic with a pH range of 5-7, moist, well-drained clay, sandy or loamy soil

Tree Appeal

Another significant ‘drooper’ is the weeping silver fir. It is well-known for its arching branches, laden with silvery-green needles, that cascade down from a columnar trunk. 

Tree Care

This cold-hardy conifer requires minimal maintenance and will provide lovely height and contrast against other plants in your garden.

While considered a dwarf, compared to other firs, this weeping option can grow to 8’ tall by 4’ wide, at a rate of 12” per year. They’ll thrive in most soil types. But, I prefer a slightly acidic pH. 

Mature weeping first averages between $50 to $800. 

Weeping Pine Tree 

Evergreen pines are often associated with colder climates and conjure up images of holiday season garlands and decorations. However, some of these are native to warm, tropical climates, while still being hardy enough to withstand a mild frost. Each with its own unique variations on weeping growth.

Canary Island Pine

Canary Island Pine

(Pinus canariensis)

  • Tree Size 80 ft x 20 ft [10 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 9-11
  • Position Full sun 
  • Soil Type Slightly acidic, moist, well-drained clay, sandy or loamy soil

Tree Appeal

Hailing from the Canary Islands is this majestic pine variety. Gently weeping branches, laced with yellow-green foliage, easily tolerate hot, dry climates. Yet, can also thrive in colder, inland regions that sustain low humidity.

Tree Care

In maturity, Canary Island Pines reach a height of 80’ with a 20’ spread, at a growth rate of 24” per year. These stunners can withstand temperatures down to −10 °C (14 °F) when planted in sand or clay-based soil. Use a pine tree fertilizer in spring and mid-summer.

The average price for these starts at around $150.00.

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Weeping White Pine

(Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 15 ft x 15 ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 3-8
  • Position Full sun can tolerate partial shade
  • Soil Type Moderate pH range, moist, well-drained clay, sandy or loamy soil

Tree Appeal

The Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ has a far more prominent weeping feature, including a weeping trunk. As such, this pine can be grown as a staked tree or a shrub. 

Its pale green fronds will drape beautifully over stone retaining walls, fences, or along the ground.

Tree Care

Minus heavy pruning, a staked white weeper can grow to 15’ tall and wide, increasing by 12” every year. 

Preferring well-drained, loose soil with a moderately acidic pH this is a low maintenance and drought tolerant weeping evergreen that can be planted in clay, loamy or sandy soil but avoid chalky conditions. 

Weeping white pines range in price from $50-$100, based on age.

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Mexican Weeping Pine

(Pinus Patula)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 30 ft x 10 ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 9-11
  • Position Full sun
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types and acid to neutral pH range. Prefers moist, well-drained conditions

Tree Appeal

This warm-weather weeper presents a towering trunk from which branches covered in swaying swaths of palm-like foliage grow. Native to dry climates, these are pretty drought tolerant and perfect in a xeriscape garden.

Tree Care

Mexican weeping pines can reach 30’ tall in just 15 years while continuing to grow. Thriving infertile and poor soil, this is a very low maintenance evergreen. However, it doesn’t do well in soggy or alkaline soil. 

The Pinus Patula is commonly grown from seed, ranging in price from $5 – $10 per pack. 

Weeping Norway Spruce 

Norway weepers are just one variety in the spruce family. Yet, they’re not all alike, as you’ll see with these three dazzling examples. 

Each offers its own uncommon features to make these native Europeans stunning garden additions when planted alone or in a group. 

Weeping White Spruce

Weeping White Spruce

(Picea glauca ‘Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 40ft x 8ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 2 to 8
  • Position Prefers sheltered spot with full sun but can tolerate light shade 
  • Soil Type Prefers moist but well-drained conditions and can grow in clay, sand, or loamy soil types. Acid to neutral soil pH 

Tree Appeal

The weeping white spruce grows in elegant, conical form with pendulous branches that flow down from the trunk, like a flowing gown. Its blue-green needle color adds a complementary flair to deep perennial borders. 

Tree Care

Unless regularly pruned, this weeping spruce can grow to 40’ in height, at a rate of 12” per year, while still maintaining a slim profile. Preferring a sheltered location in well-draining loamy soil, it thrives in cooler climates with adequate rainfall. 

Young trees can run in the $120 – $200 range. 

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Weeping Norway Spruce

(Picea abies ‘Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 15ft x 15ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 3 to 7
  • Position Full sun but can tolerate light shade 
  • Soil Type Prefers moist but well-drained conditions and can grow in clay, sand, or loamy soil types. Acid to neutral soil pH 

Tree Appeal

One of the heaviest weepers on this list is the Picea abies ‘Pendula’. This unusual evergreen forms a dramatically drooping effect, as its branches run parallel to a bending trunk, with lush swathes of fragrant needles. Giving the appearance, in maturity, of a tall, rounded shrub.

Tree Care

This spruce variety can grow to 25’ in height. But it must be staked in order to maintain height. Without staking, they’ll reduce to shrub size or even ground cover. 

They prefer well-draining soil that’s marginally acidic and range in price from $120- $170, depending on size. 

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Weeping Spruce (Bush Form)

(Picea abies ‘Inversa’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 30ft x 13ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 3 to 8
  • Position Full sun 
  • Soil Type Well-draining, slightly acidic soil pH. Grows best in loamy soil but can tolerate sand. 

Tree Appeal

The Picea abies ‘Inversa’ is almost identical to the previous Picea abies ‘Pendula’. The difference lies in just how low to the ground the whole tree “weeps”. The limber nature of both trunk and branches creates the opportunity to grow it as a border hedge. Contributing vibrant green foliage through every season.

Tree Care

Upright, this weeping evergreen can reach up to 30′, yet only 1.5’ when fully drooping.  It grows best in full sun and rich, loamy, or sandy soil. Averaging in price from $35 per sapling to $400 for mature sizes. 

Weeping Evergreen Cedar 

Cedar trees, in general, are typically large, coniferous, and evergreen. Making excellent windbreaks and privacy barriers. But, the weeping nature of the following three specimens won’t grow as tall as their non-weeping counterparts. Making them ideal choices for complementary color, form, and scent in garden borders.

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Blue Atlas Cedar

(Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 15ft x 12ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 6 to 8
  • Position Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types, prefers slightly acidic pH range and well-draining soil conditions

Tree Appeal

This heavily weeping cedar’s zero-maintenance and drought-tolerant aspects are just the beginning of its appeal. Flowing ribbons of blue-green foliage drape like Spanish moss from a bending trunk. It can be staked for height or allowed to crawl and roam.

Tree Care

This tree grows to a mature size of 10-15’ by 3-12’ with support. They are increasing by 12-24” per year. Growth is more robust in full sun and well-draining soil with a pH of 5.1-7.8 The average price for this stunner is $35 per sapling to $220 for mature sizes. 

Feelin' Sunny® Deodar Cedar

Feelin’ Sunny Deodar Cedar

(Cedrus deodara ‘Monkinn’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 12ft x 8ft [Up to 50 years to full maturity]
  • Planting Zones 7 to 9
  • Position Full sun
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types, prefers slightly acidic pH range and well-draining soil conditions

Tree Appeal

In contrast to the Blue Atlas, the happy yellow-green glow of this Deodar Cedar contributes a light, frothy texture to small gardens. This evergreen has a low, spreading profile when grown as a shrub and can be staked to add drama and height.

Tree Care

This sunny cedar can grow to 12’x8′ in maturity. Yet, can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. It grows best in full sun and loamy sand or clay soil with a 6.0-7.5 pH. You can easily find one for between $24.50 and $250, depending on the size. 

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Weeping Alaskan Cedar

(Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size Typically 30ft x 10ft in domestic settings [50 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 4 to 7
  • Position Full sun
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types, prefers slightly acidic  pH range and well-draining soil conditions

Tree Appeal

To me, the weeping Alaskan Cedar looks like a Christmas tree with hanging tinsel built right in. Soft, flat-needled boughs, in a blue-green hue, hang from arching branches in a light, wispy fashion. The trunk remains solid and upright, giving the tree its conical shape.

Tree Care

In the wild, Alaskan cedars can grow to tower sizes. But in home gardens, they typically don’t grow beyond 30’ high by 10’ wide, growing at a rate of 12” per year. They prefer full sun and moist, slightly acidic soil that’s well-draining. And can be found starting at around $85 for a 12-gallon pot. 

Weeping Cypress 

Cypress evergreens are one of the longest living species on this list, potentially living for hundreds of years. These colorful weepers are unique in color and size, compared to other cypress varieties. They’re fast-growing and can tolerate a broad range of soil types. Making them conveniently low maintenance. 

Gold Mop Cypress

Gold Mop Cypress

(Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size Typically 5ft x 5ft [10 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 4 to 8
  • Position Full sun
  • Soil Type Can tolerate all soil types, prefers acidic to neutral pH range and well-draining soil conditions

Tree Appeal

The Gold Mop cypress is considered a dwarf shrub that grows like a miniature tree. With drooping, chartreuse needles that stay true through winter, this cold-hardy weeper provides vivid contrast against darker plants.

Tree Care

This compact, disease-resistant beauty is a slow grower, ultimately reaching 5’ tall by 5’ wide. Prefer loamy sand or clay-based, fertile soil or use an evergreen fertilizer in spring and late summer. Full sun is needed to sustain its bright color and occasional trimming may be required to preserve a conical shape. These are currently averaging in price from $50 – $100 for a 1-3 gallon pot.  

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Weeping Nootka Cypress

(Cupressus Nootkatensis ‘Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size Typically 25ft x 12ft [10 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 4 to 8
  • Position Full sun with partial shade
  • Soil Type Can tolerate all soil types, prefers slightly acidic pH range and well-draining soil conditions

Tree Appeal

A nice alternative to the Weeping Atlas cedar is the Weeping Nootka cypress. With the same tinsel-fringed appearance, the Nootka cypress adds thicker, aromatic foliage on upward-curving branches (rather than downward), and plenty of autumn “berries” to the mix. 

Tree Care

This stately evergreen will quickly reach 25’ in height with a 12’ spread, in maturity. At a growth rate of 12” per year, in the right location. Weeping cypress trees prefer full sun or partial shade and are fairly tolerant of soil types. But, they grow best in a soil pH of 6.1 to 7.8 and can be obtained, depending on size, for $100-$250. 

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Jubilee Nootka Cypress

(Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Jubilee’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size Typically 18ft x 5ft [10 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 5 to 8
  • Position Full sun but can tolerate partial shade
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types (including chalk), prefers slightly acidic pH range and well-draining soil conditions

Tree Appeal

This jubilant cypress variety grows in upright form (not necessarily requiring support) with pendulous, wide-spreading branches that cloak its narrow trunk in flat rows of deep green foliage. For increased drama, several can be planted together in garden borders or along a fence.

Tree Care

In ten years, the Jubilee Nootka cypress will reach a mature size of 12-18’ by 5’. With a yearly growth rate of 12-18”, when planted in full sun or partial shade. This tree prefers consistently moist soil.

It isn’t picky when it comes to soil type or pH. One of these could be yours for between $40 and $400, depending on the stage of maturity. 

Dwarf Weeping Evergreens for Small Gardens 

When it comes to low maintenance, you can’t do better than dwarf evergreens. Being more compact, they’re perfect in pots on porches and patios. Yet, can also be planted, en masse, as a low privacy barrier. Making these some of the most versatile of all weeping evergreen trees. 

Feelin' Sunny® Deodar Cedar Patio Tree

Feelin’ Sunny Deodar Cedar Patio Tree

(Cedrus deodara ‘Monkinn’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size Typically 12ft x 8ft [10 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 7 to 9
  • Position Full sun 
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types, prefers slightly acidic pH range and well-draining soil conditions 

Tree Appeal

For a twist on the familiar, this cultivated version of the Sunny Deodar cedar offers whimsy and interest for container gardens, decks, and patios. Framing your front door, in pots, glowing lemony-green foliage will welcome your guests and set the tone for happy memories, year-round.

Tree Care

This lovely tree is compact in width and depth but can grow to 12’ in height, without yearly pruning. The average price for a trained tree is around $250. 

Weeping Hemlock

Weeping Hemlock

(Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 15ft x 30ft [10 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 4 to 8
  • Position Full sun with partial shade
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types and damp soil conditions 

Tree Appeal

This elegant, draping hemlock will be the talk of your garden. With its dramatic dance of growing upward then drooping down at the branch tips. All while spreading lush, lime-green foliage across rock walls, bare tree trunks, and perennial beds, even in winter. 

Tree Care

Extremely cold hardy and also drought tolerant and requires very little maintenance, this dwarf variety will still reach 10’ to 15’ tall, when allowed to roam up an adjacent tree. Unpruned, it can reach 30’ across your garden. The average price for weeping hemlock starts at $30.

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Weeping Colorado Spruce

(Picea pungens ‘The Blues’)

Tree Summary

  • Tree Size 40ft x 5ft [10 years to maturity]
  • Planting Zones 2 to 8
  • Position Full sun will tolerate partial shade
  • Soil Type Can tolerate most soil types, prefers well-draining, slightly acid to neutral soil conditions 

Tree Appeal

Singing the blues, comes this dusty-blue Colorado spruce that appears as if it lays weeping across your garden. Each individual tree will “lay” in a different position. A broad, limber trunk is covered with lush, glowing needles that grow along arching branches. 

Tree Care

Fast-growing, like full-sized spruce trees, this weeping Colorado spruce will grow 12” per year. It Performs best in full sun and slightly acidic, moist soils. Yet, it is tolerant of brief drought, urban pollution, and coastal salty air. Average prices start at around $100 for a young sapling.

Using Weeping Evergreens for Landscaping 

Nothing could add more eye-catching interest to your landscape design than weeping evergreen trees. Their downward-flowing quality will create a unique feature in any design aesthetic. Be it minimalist, cottage, woodland, or modern. Given the enticing choices above, one is bound to be your perfect fit. 

Weeping Evergreen Trees Final Thoughts 

Weeping evergreens, while rare, are highly accessible, and offer us so much, while requiring so little in return. Running the gamut of hardiness zones, being relatively tolerant of different soil types, and best of all, being so low maintenance makes choosing one or two of these for your own garden easy. 

FAQ Weeping Evergreen Trees