blossoms shriveling up/dying on cherry trees/perhaps others

Asked May 8, 2017, 5:32 PM EDT

What would cause our cherry blossoms to shrivel up and not produce cherries -they are getting to be at least 5-7 years old, and we have never had cherries. We had a few asian pears originally, but it seems to be doing the same as the cherries this year, and perhaps our peach! We have had peaches in the past. Photos of our 3 cherries are included, although the smaller one actually has a few cherries that have started, at least for now! The first one is a Bing, 2nd a Rainier, and the smaller one a Bing. Asian pear and peach photos also included. Thank you! Jack Simmons

Multnomah County Oregon fruit trees cherry trees horticulture

1 Response

There are a number of things that could cause this problem. The fact that you are not successful pollinating three different species would lead me to believe that either you had some frost, or very poor pollination weather where the bees weren't flying, or you don't have enough bees in the area to pollinate the trees. Also, did the Bing trees and the Rainier trees flower at the same time, so that cross pollination could take place? These are the most likely reasons, if you had flowers, I can't think of any other reason why you're not getting fruit.