Willow Tree, Very Pretty

Alert “06880” reader Fred Cantor sends along a photo — and some comments and questions.

Willow - Fred Cantor

Fred says:

I remembered this spectacular tree from last year, on Clapboard Hill Road near Maple Avenue. My wife Debbie and I drove by yesterday afternoon to see if the spring blossoms are still as stunning this year. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but I think “06880” readers will get a sense of how magical this tree is.

Does anyone know what kind of tree it is? It looks like a weeping willow. but I have never seen one with blossoms like these. And I have never seen another tree quite like it elsewhere in Westport.

“06880” readers: help Fred! 

And no, this is NOT a tree that is planned to be cut down.

We hope.



17 responses to “Willow Tree, Very Pretty

  1. It’s a weeping cherry. My mom planted a pathetic little twig, and 30 years later it was about half the size of this one. They are amazing.

  2. And Fred, your photo is magnificent.

  3. it’s a weeping Cherry Tree! Beautiful!

  4. Lisa Marie Alter

    Fred: I’m no tree expert (the photo shows pink blossoms/buds) but that appears to me to be a weeping cherry or Sakura. I haven’t driven past that particular intersection recently – but if that tree is like the one in front of Sakura, the restaurant – then it is a weeping cherry.

    Thoughts, anyone else ?

    BTW, weeping cherry happens to be my fave tree…

    Happy Spring, Fred :-).
    Lisa (of “06880 Cupcake” fame)

    • Happy spring to you too. Hope you bring the cupcakes to the next 06880 party! The blossoms on this tree are white–but a weeping cherry sounds like it’s the consensus pick. Thanks to everyone for enlightening me.

  5. Could it be a weeping cherry?


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  6. Is it me or did the cold weather this spring change the blooming schedule?

  7. Jane McCaffrey

    It’s a weeping cherry.

  8. We should all give ourselves the treat of enjoying these trees “hung with snow” as recorded in a poem by A.E. Houseman which I always remember at this time of year.

    LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now
    Is hung with bloom along the bough,
    And stands about the woodland ride
    Wearing white for Eastertide.

    Now, of my threescore years and ten,
    Twenty will not come again,
    And take from seventy springs a score,
    It only leaves me fifty more.

    And since to look at things in bloom
    Fifty springs are little room,
    About the woodlands I will go
    To see the cherry hung with snow.

  9. Elisabeth Keane

    It certainly is a weeping cherry tree. Based on its size it is quite old for such a tree. I understand that an average life expectancy for weeping cherry trees can be 15-20 years. My two weeping cherry trees were planted in 1961. Their blooms are not as vibrant as last year due to the dry autumn and very cold winter.

  10. Pretty picture Fred…Is the white balance set wrong on your camera, or was the sky purple 🙂

  11. There are not as many weeping willows around as before. Storms devastated them. They crack and blow over in heavy winds. The weeping cherry trees at Sakura might be Mt. Fuji that grow taller. I had a client with a weeping cherry that had been grafted to bloom with some branches blooming white and others pink. This is the latest spring in my memory of 35 years of gardening.

  12. Owner here. It’s a Waterfall Cherry, about 80 yrs old. Thanks for the kind comments, we love looking out our window each morning when it’s in full bloom.

    • Sarah, thanks for the info and for taking such good care of this beautiful tree. It is an incredible sight that was especially welcome after this cold, snowy winter.

  13. weeping cherry?

  14. Thank you, Eve Potts for sharing that wonderful poem!