Cherry Tree Diseases, Detecting Them and When to Seek Treatment
There are many varieties of the cherry tree; the ornamental/flowering variety which includes species such as the weeping cherry, Kanzan, other Japanese varieties; and the fruiting varieties such as Bing, Stella, Royal Lee, Montmorency and the Meteor. These trees require regular maintenance. However, cherry trees, both the ornamental and fruiting, can be affected by diseases and pests that can affect the otherwise beautiful appearance of the trees as well as their structure and growth. In severe cases, the trees can die. The diseases and pests can also spread to other healthy, trees, thus it is necessary to be able to detect if something is wrong early enough so that you can get help before the situation becomes severe.
Diseases such as powdery mildew, canker, leaf scorch, leaf spot, knot and rot diseases can affect both types of cherry trees. A look at common cherry tree diseases pictures will tell you when something is wrong, so as to get an arborist to look at your trees. Common signs to look out for include, shriveling leaves, dark-colored spots on leaves that are yellowing, trunks, and branches exuding gum in spring and summer, abnormal growth on the bark, white patches on the leaves, and the presence of large numbers of visible pests. For fruiting varieties, you may also notice fruits cracking or falling prematurely.
Treating your cherry trees will help you maintain the aesthetic benefits of your flowering cherry tree varieties, which are known for their beautiful blossoms of different colors as well as their stunning autumn color. If you have planted the fruit-bearing varieties, you also get to enjoy healthy, delicious fruits and other benefits associated with trees.