Wild "cherry or berry" tree loosing leaves, bare branches, and yellowing

Asked July 12, 2019, 8:18 AM EDT

I have at the front yard a wild I am not sure if it is a cherry or a some type of berry tree. Two days ago I realized that tree lost a lots of leaves, some of the are yellowing with brown spots, and some branches do not have leaves at all. I am not sure if this tree is sick and is dying, or due to heat wave and heavy rains. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Unfortunately, this tree is in such poor shape -- it's beyond any chance of recovery. It looks like a crabapple tree that has symptoms of scab (a fungal disease). Rust disease also can be a problem in these trees. Abiotic (non-living) factors such as soil saturation, planting too deeply, physical injury, changes to soil grading, and/or too much mulch also can contribute to a tree's demise.

Check the drainage in this area. It looks like there is a downspout pointed right at the base of the tree. If water puddles in this area during heavy rain periods, that can be problematic for plants that do not like wet conditions. If you put in a replacement tree, make sure you have an area that is well-draining or choose a type of tree or other plants than can handle periodically wet conditions. We can help with providing suggestions if needed.


Thank you Christa,

Are you able to recommend any tree removal company in Montgomery County?

Tree is placed in front yard and it is in a slope going downhill. There is not sitting water, however it does not get enough sun as neighbors overgrown tree does not allow for sunlight to come through and that may be a cause of fungus. This tree is approximately 35 to 39 years old.


Given our affiliation with a public university, we cannot recommend specific companies or individuals to do tree removal. However, you can find reputable arborists in Montgomery County using the "find an arborist" search on the website of the International Society of Arboriculture. http://www.treesaregood.org/