The Q&A Archives: Split on the bark of a weeping cherry

Question: I bought a weeping cherry yesterday, the plant looks very healthy and is blooming. However, I had not noticed at first that there is a deep split on it's bark at the very top of the trunk (about 2

Answer: It isn't unusual for splits and fissures to develop in the bark of cherry, plum, or apricot trees. These splits typically heal over on their own. However, if you're concerned that the trees' health might be compromised, I'd suggest exchanging it. It would be better to start out with a completely healthy tree than to introduce an sickly one into the landscape.

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