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Wednesday - September 17, 2008

From: Loudon, TN
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Lifespan of non-native weeping cherry tree
Answered by: Barbara Medford


What is the lifespan of a weeping cherry tree? Thanks.


Because of the large volume of questions to Mr. Smarty Plants, we are asking that questions be limited to plants native to North America, which is the focus of the work done at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Prunus subhirtella, weeping cherry tree,  is a native of Japan. We can tell you the members of the Prunus genus in general are prone to disease and insect problems, and also tend to be short-lived.

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