Weeping Cherry Trees

Weeping Cherry Tree Not Budding

Anonymous added on May 29, 2016 | Answered

I purchased a new weeping cherry tree but there are no buds coming and the ones that were there died. There are a few new shoots coming at the stem but it looks like it is dying.

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Answered on May 30, 2016

I need a little more information - when was this tree planted - just recently? If this is a recent planting, your tree might be undergoing transplant shock (see https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm).

One way to determine whether a tree is dying is by conducting a scratch test per the guidelines in the following article: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-to-do-a-scratch-test/. A scratch test will help determine if your tree is still alive and what limbs are genuinely dead. With a scratch test, “green is good” and means there is hope of recovery.

Any shoots that are sprouting from the base of the tree will need to be pruned away as these tree suckers sap energy away from the healthier and more desirable branches on top.

For more information on the care of weeping cherry trees, please visit the following link:

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