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Dacula, GA
hmklatt
May 4, 2020 5:35 PM CST
Hello,
I am just east of Atlanta. I have a kwanzan cherry, planted about two years ago. This year, it had a ton of blooms about a month ago. Now all of a sudden one of the branches has died, the other branches have wilting leaves, and there are cracks in the trunk. It's probably only about 2 inches around max, and the cracks are about halfway up. I am not sure if the cracks, which I've read could have happened because of sudden cold after it being warm, are also the reason that the leaves are drooping and falling off, or if I have two different problems. Just yesterday I shook some tree protect and feed pellets around it and gave it some more water. Though water really shouldn't be an issue this year in Atlanta, we've had 20 inches of rain so far.
Thanks for any advice!
Heather

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DaisyI
May 4, 2020 7:17 PM CST
Welcome!

Thin skinned trees, like cherries (and especially Kwanzan cherries) are prone to winter splitting. It can be caused by a number of things. There's nothing you can do but wait for the tree to heal itself.

Did you have a unusually cold spell followed by a warm spell? That would do it.

Fertilizer is not medicine, and when a tree is in distress, it may be detrimental.
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Dacula, GA
hmklatt
May 4, 2020 7:55 PM CST
Hi Daisyl,
Yes we had quite a bit of cold/hot, but not since it did all of its blooming. I'm glad to hear the tree should heal itself.
~H

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