Weeping Cherry Trees

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  1. Pruning a Young Weeping Cherry
  2. Sooty Canker on Weeping Cherry
  3. Weeping Cherry Tree Sap
  4. Natural Or Grafted
  5. Oozing Sap
  6. Trim Weeping Cherry Tree
  7. Sap Dripping From Trunk Of Tree
Asked by Lynda on July 20, 2011
Pruning a Young Weeping Cherry

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?

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Asked by Anonymous on July 29, 2011
Sooty Canker on Weeping Cherry

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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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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.
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Asked by Anonymous on August 3, 2011
Weeping Cherry Tree Sap

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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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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. This then causes sap oozing. It usually does not harm the tree. It could also be caused by peach borers, which affect several kinds of fruit trees. This article will help determine if this is the cause or not: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-borer.htm
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Asked by Anonymous on August 3, 2011
Natural or Grafted

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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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Your weeeping cherry is most likely grafted. A swollen or scarred boil at or near the base of the tree indicates a graft. You will find the following article helpful: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/weeping-cherry/pruning-weeping-cherry.htm
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Asked by Anonymous on August 6, 2011
Oozing Sap

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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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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.
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Asked by Anonymous on August 9, 2011
Trim Weeping Cherry Tree

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

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on August 23, 2011
Sap Dripping From Trunk of Tree

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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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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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