What’s wrong with my cherry tree?

Asked June 5, 2018, 9:41 AM EDT

What’s wrong with my cherry tree? Two 30 year old trees across the driveway from each other. One is healthy, the other almost dead. What could be the problem? Should I replace it? If so, with what? Help! Thank you!

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Ornamental cherry trees are not long-lived in Maryland and 20-30 years is their typical life-span. From the photos, it is hard to say why it died but two very obvious problems are that the tree is planted too deeply and it is overmulched. This can contribute to the decline of a tree.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/excessive-mulch-trees-and-shrubs
The dead tree should be removed. If you like, you can plant another cherry tree. Other suggestions are Japanese maple, Crape myrtle, magnolia, Kousa dogwood, or Japanese lilac tree.
Please see the following link to our website on planting trees,
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/trees-and-shrubs/planting-process


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