The Q&A Archives: Weeping Cherry Tree- leaves being eaten

Question: This is the second spring in my new house where I inherited a fairly young weeping cherry tree. For the second year in a row, it has sprung flowers and leaves but then within a few days something has eaten all the leaves and blossoms. What can i do to fix this?

Answer: Based on your description I am not sure what is happening to your tree. If you could observe what is causing the problem it would be easier to suggest a solution. However, the only causes I can think of might possibly be squirrels picking them off the tree, or possibly caterpillars of some kind. You might be able to prevent the squirrel attacks by using one of the repellent sprays labeled for squirrels. Caterpillars can usually be controlled by using Bt, it is the active ingredient in products such as Dipel. You might also want to check with your local professionally trained nurseryman to see if there is a particular problem with this in your local area.

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