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Mar 31, 2017 4:13 PM CST
I moved into a wonderful house last fall, and have discovered a quirk with one of my trees! It's a choke cherry (I believe, it doesn't look like the wild ones we have here) but it's only putting out leaves on the ends of the branches. Last year when I moved in the leaves also had small brown holes in the center of the leaves. I assumed it was bugs, and sprayed it. I figured that would help it get leaves further up the branches. No go! The leaves are back, but only on the ends again. I'm baffled as to what to do for it. It IS next to two great pine trees. Could my soil be wrong? I know for a fact I had bugs. I took down another tree that had holes in the leaves. Nothing like the cherry, though. Are chokecherries hard to grow? I do have bushes that I've been told are also chokecherry, they seem to be doing fine. I should point out that the tree is inbetween two houses. (You can see the edge of my driveway to the right in the first pic, and the roof of the house next door to the left) I thought of not enough sun, but they grow up our canyons all the time. Advice? Do they need fertilizer? Should I just whack it down? Are they even worth having as trees? I asked my neighbor, and apparently it's been like that as long as anyone can remember. No growth, no leaves. I'm more than happy to prune it back and let it regrow if I have to!

If it helps, I live in Utah. Our soil is all clay/sand/rocks.
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