Thread: Kwanzan Cherry Problem

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  1. #1

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    Kwanzan Cherry Problem

    Hello, I have a 5-6 year old Kwanzan Cherry tree. it is about 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. it seems to be struggling with something since this spring. from the start of the year the leaves have not been as full as previous years and compared to the neighboring Cherry's there was definitely something wrong. It bloomed with half as many leaves and now (a month later) all the leaves are dropping and the entire tree is looking like it's going to die.
    Is there anything I can do to save this tree?

    Ok, Here are some photos from yesterday. Today the leaves are starting to turn brown at the tips.
    There is no damage to the trunk or bark and its a nice green when I turn up some bark on a branch.

    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...y/IMG_3563.jpg
    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...y/IMG_3564.jpg
    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...y/IMG_3566.jpg
    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...y/IMG_3569.jpg
    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...y/IMG_3570.jpg
    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...y/IMG_3574.jpg

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    RE: Kwanzan Cherry Problem

    Have you watered it well all around and under the branches where all the roots spread. A lot of MD is in a severe drought. Tree leaves will droop like that if they are water stressed.
    See here:
    http://drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_state.htm?MD,NE

  3. #3

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    RE: Kwanzan Cherry Problem

    Hi, Thanks for the reply! Yes I have been watering a little every day and running the sprinkler every 3 days during the drought.

    It is in a line of Cherrys (all the same) and mine is in the middle. the others in the photo are the same tree and doing great. I don't understand why the entire tree went down hill so fast?

  4. #4
    Oak
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    RE: Kwanzan Cherry Problem

    Is it possible that something ate/damaged the roots? Like a gopher/mole or such? Shoveling around it? Had almost same exact symptoms last summer, and it was a pocket-gopher. Or two or three. No sign of their presence nearby other than the cavernous hole I found when I lifted the tree straight outta the ground with one hand. Ate crabapple's roots to the trunk - extreme case, but sounds like you have something affecting the roots (?). Or something is affecting the uptake and transport of water to the leaves anyways (obviously)...

    Alex

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