The Q&A Archives: Wilting Weeping Cherry Tree

Question: I have a weeping cherry tree in my front yard that is not doing well. The leaves are curling up, and turning yellow. It appears that the tree is dying. It has only been planted a year and seems to get plenty of water? Any ideas on what it could be? I could not find any pests.

Answer: Cherry trees are susceptible to several diseases, and yours might be infected, or it might just be showing signs of stress from excessively wet or dry soil conditions. New trees generally require about one-inch of water per week, applied so that the entire rootmass is thoroughly soaked. (Frequent, shallow watering won't penetrate the soil far enough to give your tree the moisture it needs.)

If the leaves curl and hang on the tree, it could be a sign of Brown Rot, a fungal disease. If the leaves yellow and fall off, it might indicate twig blight or root rot. To be absolutely sure of the problem and treatment, why not take a sample to your local Cooperative Extension office? Contact Univerisity of Kentucky, 8012 Vinecrest Ave., Suite 1, Louisville 40222. Phone (502) 425-4482.

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