1. Pruning a Young Weeping Cherry

Asked by Lynda - July 20, 2011

Just planted weeping cherry this spring and it has grown a sprout up through the middle top. The leaves do not match the rest of the tree. Should I cut this off, and if so, when?

2. Sooty Canker on Weeping Cherry

Asked by Anonymous - July 29, 2011

I have a large weeping cherry tree in Knoxville, Tn. I have noticed suddenly a large amount of sap and some of the bark splitting, also some brown leaves in the center. This summer has been excessively hot, 40 days in the 90s. Is this sooty canker, and what can I do?

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  • It is likely not sooty canker. Sooty canker is named that because the wound looks like it is filled with soot. The weather could very well be the reason that the bark split. Cherry trees have thin bark and if temperatures have fluctuated significantly in a short period (such as 70 F to 90 F), the bark could have split due to this. It should heal on its own, but if it looks deep, have a local arborist take a look at it.

3. Weeping Cherry Tree Sap

Asked by Anonymous - August 2, 2011

I have a weeping cherry tree that is about 15 yrs. old and this year there is this thick molasses type sap oozing from the trunk of the tree. Is this something I should be concerned about, and if so, what do I need to do to correct the situation?

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4. Natural or Grafted

Asked by Anonymous - August 3, 2011

How do you determine if a weeping cherry tree is grafted or natural, and how would you prune each? Please be very specific as I have no knowledge of gardening at all.

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5. Oozing Sap

Asked by Anonymous - August 6, 2011

We have a weeping cherry that has been oozing amber colored sap from the lower part of the trunk, not physically damaged (bark). What could be causing it and how do we fix it? It has been doing it for a few years and the tree still produces beautiful flowers and nice green leaves, but the amount of sap is getting worse every year. We originally suspected borers and tried Lindane, but it never really did the job. Any suggestions?

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  • Fruit trees are very susceptible to frost cracks or bark splitting due to the fact that they have thin bark. These are cause by drastic temperature fluctuations, especially in the winter or by warm sun on the tree in the winter time. This then causes sap oozing. It can be reduced by providing some extra protection to the tree, especially the lower part of the tree. Normally, a paper wrap is used to give the trunk some extra winter protection.

6. Trim Weeping Cherry Tree

Asked by Anonymous - August 9, 2011

Do you trim what looks like branches growing on main trunk of tree?

7. Sap Dripping From Trunk of Tree

Asked by Anonymous - August 23, 2011

We have a weeping cherry tree that is ‘bleeding sap’. There are several long runs of sap running down the trunk. What is cause and cure?

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  • Fruit trees are very susceptible to frost cracks or bark splitting due to the fact that they have thin bark. These are caused by drastic temperature fluctuations, especially in the winter or by warm sun on the tree in the winter time. This then causes sap oozing. It can be reduced by providing some extra protection to the tree, especially the lower part of the tree. Normally, a paper wrap is used to give the trunk some extra winter protection.

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