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Q.Cherry Tree Dropping Leaves

Zone Newtonville, Ontario | Dave11270725 added on July 25, 2022 | Answered

Hello, I planted a cherry tree last year. Looked great after pplanting and spring this year. Pruned all branches this spring. was looking great even after pruning and growing very fast and large amount of leaves. About month and half ago it starting to look very droopy and losing its leaves. I placed mulch at base last year and added more this year. Ground was fairly wet in the spring but has since dried up just fine. I am getting large amount of new growth at the base of the tree. Not sure what issue is?? I am in Hardiness zone 5/6 and should be good fro cherry tree in the area. Let me know if pics come through? I sent one pic about month before the other and you can see how much new growth has happened at base of tree and how many leave have dropped at top. Thanks

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Answered on July 25, 2022

It does appear that the tree has suffered from an infection. This happens, often, with overly wet soils. This makes a perfect breeding ground for bad bacteria and fungi to take over.

Treating with a fungicide, and pruning all lower growth coming from the root ball will be necessary, as will proper care:




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Answered on July 25, 2022

take off all that lower growth I see about 6" from the ground? What happens if I leave it there to continue to grow? its doing so much better that the top of the tree. I just dont want to trim the lower good growth and lose the entire tree. there not many leaves left on the upper part of the tree. If I feel this area may stay too wet in the late spring and when I get a big rain fall through the summer months, should I look into moving the entire tree before it gets too big? I f I do want to move it, how much diameter out from the base of the tree would I have to keep the root ball?

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