I have a 40 ft. weeping cherry that loses its leaves this time each year. The...

Asked July 20, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

I have a 40 ft. weeping cherry that loses its leaves this time each year. The attached picture shows the yellowing leaves with small holes. Is it an insect or fungus & how do I treat it? Thank you!

Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs shot hole fungus

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Your weeping cherry has a fungal disease called shot hole fungus. Control measures for shot hole fungus should include sanitation. Raking leaves in the fall and pruning dead or dying branches helps to reduce the number of new infections the following year. On ornamentals, the disease seldom causes serious damage and no chemical control is necessary.

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