Weeping cherry looks lame

Asked May 25, 2018, 12:51 PM EDT

Our mature weeping cherry (15 years old) had very sparse blossoms this year. Now the leaves are also very sparse. Do you think it will recover to its usual beauty or did this cold winter finish it off?

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

The winter didn't finish it off, but it surely sounds as if it is declining.
The sparsely leaved branches are probably on their way out by next season.
We'd guess that maybe you have dead wood in the canopy, as these trees can die slowly over several seasons. Any dead wood can be pruned out. See what you have left.
The useful ornamental life of weeping cherries is not very long. Generally about 20 years.
Here is a page that helps people decide when to remove a tree: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/how-do-you-decide-when-remove-tree

cm