weeping cherry tree - Knowledgebase Question

Monongahela, Pe
Question by fishantiques
April 4, 2010
After a very harsh winter (24 inches of snow)my weeping cherry tree appears to have a lot of dead thinner branches but the thicker branches are still green under the bark.Is the tree dead or is just a late start because of the winter? I hope it is ok because it was a gift to my wife several years ago.

Answer from NGA
April 4, 2010


If you scraped the bark with your fingernail and found green tissue, the branches are still alive so there's hope for your tree. After such a rugged winter it is probably just taking some extra time to recover. There's nothing you can do to hurry it up but you can certainly prune out the dead inner branches. A little pruning will encourage some new growth - when your tree recovers. Hope it's soon!

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