The Q&A Archives: Flowering Cherry Tree

Question: My Yochino Cherry tree is dropping yellow leaves with holes. We have had very hot weather and not much rain during the late spring and early summer. Is this normal?

Answer: The yellowing leaves might be a result of stress from your hot weather, or they could indicate the beginnings of a fungal disease called shot hole. The disease starts with small green then brown spots on the leaves; the tissues fall out, leaving round holes. If this sounds familiar, you might want to take a few leaf samples to your local Cooperative Extension office or nursery for complete diagnosis and control suggestions.

Best wishes with your cherry tree!

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