Lined cherry tree street - all trees losing leaves

Asked May 19, 2020, 1:09 PM EDT

Hello, our cherry trees are losing their leaves, we have about 11 trees on the street. Any idea of what is causing it and if we can do anything?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like cherry shot hole, a common leaf spot disease. This can be common when we have wet spring weather and may continue to infect leaves throughout the growing season if rainy weather persists. You will also see some defoliation.
The leaf drop can also be attributed to heavy winds that we had recently.
The good news is that the tree may produce many more leaves than they need to feed themselves.

In most cases trees recover from these diseases and no treatment is necessary. Remove and dispose of fallen leaves. Here is more about it. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/cherry-shot-hole-flowering-cherries

Marian