Trees and Shrubs forum: Cherry tree dead

Views: 158, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
tampa fl
Mar 4, 2018 5:31 PM CST
I had this great cherry tree in florida until we had a freeze. It died, i think, but i saw some growth on the trunk. All of the limbs were dry and snapped off. Is it possible its still alive?
Thumb of 2018-03-04/Johnfin/b03943

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Mar 4, 2018 6:16 PM CST
It certainly seems to be alive at the base. Give it some time and see how much it recovers.
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
Region: Canadian Photo Contest Winner: 2017 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Mar 5, 2018 12:36 PM CST
That tree is not dead yet, and it may not be in the near future. Tons of growth going up the trunk as you mentioned. I had the top half of a multi-graft cherry tree just disappear after just before fruiting last year, and I am way up North from you. I thought for certain it was gone, but the other day in 3 Degree C temperatures, I had my second walk in the gardens, and indeed, there are new buds coming out! So, hang in there!
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Mar 5, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Not dead, trim out the dead next winter.
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Farmer Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Mar 8, 2018 8:22 PM CST
Those are adventitious buds, sprouting in response to the loss of live tissue/wood higher up on the plant.

This is how woody plants response to damage - whether it is temperature related, or predation, or snapped off by a storm or stupid human.

I agree with the comments about letting the sprouts grow out and see what happens. I would say your chances at having a worthwhile specimen after this much damage are slim, but gardeners are nothing if they are not optimists.

Have a backup plan if/when this valiant individual does not overcome this incredible setback.

Michigan (Zone 5b)
Keeper of Poultry
Mar 13, 2018 8:24 AM CST
Is your cherry tree grafted? The roots of a grafted tree will not grow the same variety of fruit if it grows any fruit. Look for the graft line and trim back any sprouts coming from below that area. New growth above the graft are your best hope for the tree to survive. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Mar 13, 2018 8:31 AM CST
I've driven through the cherry orchards in eastern Washington (which gets pretty cold in the winter) and am always amazed at how severely some of the trees are pruned. Reminds me of a rose bush - nothing but a couple branch stubs. Apparently they recover OK though. I'd go with the wait-and-see option myself. We have a Montmorency cherry that was really hit hard with a big snow load a few years back that snapped off lots of big branches. I've been just cutting it back every spring to kind of shape it up and am surprised at how much new growth it has put on. It is still not looking real good, but is the pollinator for my Sam cherry so if I lose the Montmorency, I'll be out of luck with any cherries (until I replant another pollinator).
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Trees and Shrubs forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by bootandall and is called "Cedar Cones"