The Q&A Archives: Cherry Tree Getting Too Big

Question: I bought a cherry tree 3 years ago from your nursery and had it planted by your nursery. I have a patio home and the tree seems to be getting too big. The cherry tree was grafted to produce 5 types of cherries and the man I spoke to told me it would be a dwarf tree. Can you tell me from your records what type of cherry tree I have and is it supposed to be a dwarf?

Answer: Grafted sweet cherry trees are often grafted onto dwarfing rootstock but unless they are pruned carefully, the grafted varieties can either be pruned off completely, or, if they are not pruned, can overtake the rest of the tree. Try to identify the individual grafts by inspecting the trunk. You may very well find that the original tree died back during a hard winter freeze and your current tree is simply a vigorous shoot that has overtaken the entire tree. If this is the case, you may want to remove and replace the tree with a new one.

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