Dieback of limbs

Asked August 13, 2018, 12:07 PM EDT

My mature Kwanson Cherry Tree (20 plus years) has dieback of limbs for the second year and consequently fewer blossoms. I have not fertilized. Cut back some last year. I don't see any yellow leaves.
Can my lovely tree be saved?

Wayne County Michigan trees and shrubs cherry trees

1 Response

Hello,

Your tree is considered ‘short-lived’ living on average 20-30 years. With good care it may be kept going for awhile. Dieback could be several things, such as black knot or canker or abiotic causes in the root zone and so, a visit by a certified arborist is your best option in getting all issues identified at once. He/she will show you how to prune correctly, should you need that, and give you a detailed tree care plan. A certified arborist is one who has attended training on woody plant diseases, pests and health care, and past a certification test. You can find them by zip code here—- www.treesaregood.org

Here are a couple references that describe issues with Kwanzan Cherry.

https://extension.psu.edu/ornamental-cherry-diseases

http://hort.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/pruserb.pdf

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