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Q.Cherry Tree Is Dying, Can It Be Saved?

Zone 60124 | Anonymous added on June 25, 2023 | Answered

Hello, my father said he planted a ~6 ft tall cherry tree in the yard a year ago, and kept the hard plastic tube around the base since then. Lately, we noticed that the leaves that grew in spring are dying and no new ones have grown either. When I removed the tube, I discovered some sort of damage or disease under it that I’m not quite sure how to classify. Is there any chance for the tree to survive? If so, what actions can we take? And if not, how can we prevent the same thing from happening to the apple tree that is planted next to the cherry tree?

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Answered on June 26, 2023

It could be a canker. Insects could have gotten under the tube and caused it or it could be from a fungus. Fruit trees have a hard time surviving canker and you can't cut this one out because it is on the trunk, and not a branch. Here is more:



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