Is my Weeping cherry tree dying?

Asked June 24, 2019, 3:34 PM EDT

My tree is 4 years old. It bloomed fine in the spring/had beautiful flowers and then it leafed out but the past 2-3 weeks we’ve noticed curling leaves and rusty splotches on it and the tree just looks limp. Most of the leaves were curled, dry/spotted, so I stripped all of them off today and noticed two areas on the trunk that were leaking gummy material.

Spartanburg County South Carolina

1 Response

The trunk looks like it could be gummosis:

It is hard to say what is going on with the cherry tree leaves, there are so many potential problems. From our fact sheet:
"Flowering cherries are susceptible to many problems, including cherry virus diseases, canker, twig blight, root rot, powdery mildew, bacterial and fungal leaf spots, borers, aphids, tent caterpillar, and scale. Bark is thin and easily damaged by mowers and string trimmers. Reduce chances of disease and insects by keeping trees healthy with irrigation in extended drought and regular fertilizer applications."