weeping cherry tree problems

Discussion in 'Ornamental Cherries' started by RichC, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. RichC

    RichC Member

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    Granite City, IL , USA
    I bought a home at the beginning of the summer in June 2011. It had an already established Weeping Cherry Tree. I noticed about halfway through our drought of a summer, that many leaves had holes in them or brown spots. The past few weeks it has gotten worse. I've read so much about it online and just need some sound advice. It could be the drought and due to lack of sufficient watering that certain insects did not eat other ones. I noticed there were these tiny black insects crawling that appeared at first to be ants. I just bought some fungicide/inseticide and sprayed the tree with it. I have also noticed that early in summer I had scraped the tree with the lawn mower. I avoided thereafter but it had a small knot with sap on it. The wound doesn't look to be completely healed either. So, I have a couple of things going on. Is it the black bugs (which are now gone from spraying), the drought or the wound from the scrape of the lawn mower. I look at pictures of it in late spring and it's dar green and looks great. Now over all the outside branches have a yellow tint to it. The underneath branchs are nice and green with very little leaves with hole or brown spots. I also didn't realize just how fast these trees grow. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching a picture late May and pictures taken today as well.

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  2. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Well-Known Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Vancouver, Canada
    Cherry trees are notoriously thin-barked and easily damaged. Depending on the severity of the wound, health of the tree, and season, wound healing can be delayed significantly. Cherries are also subject to a variety of pests and disease, as well as sensitivity to soil pH and nutrient excesses and deficiencies. Newly planted cherry trees often take a year or two to become established, and it's probably best to ignore most problems (other than wilting from drought) in the first couple of years.

    In the Vancouver area, common problems on cherries in the landscape include:
    • leaf burn from exposure to de-icing salt
    • leaf burn or leaf drop from drought
    • lime induced chlorosis (an iron deficiency from resulting from high pH soils, usually from the application of too much lime)
    • leaf distortion from aphid feeding on new growth
    • holes in leaves from caterpillars feeding
    • shoot blight (rapid die-back) and gummosis on smaller branches from brown rot infection
    • cankers on main stems develop from bacterial canker infection (usually following pruning or serious bark injury, such as from line trimmers or other equipment)
    • trunk sprouts from below the graft union

    Good luck.

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