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Sad looking old cherry tree

I have what I think is an ornamental cherry Tree in my garden. I also think it's been there for many years possibly 30/40 years. For the last few years it loses it leaves all the time and the leaves have holes in. Last year we cut it back a bit and put a protective seal on the cuts. But it's still been poorly looking this year. I'm wondering if it's gone and we should take it out or should we cut it back really hard and see how it grows back. Any advice would be gratefully received.  


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,311

    They don't have a long life. You might keep it alive for a bit longer but it won't become more beautiful. 

    Opportunity for something new and exciting image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Nut's right, it is dying of old age. I have one like that and keep it limping along because I planted it and I love it. It was breath taking in its heyday, but if yours has no sentimental value, whip it out and put in something fresh. 

  • Gail63Gail63 Posts: 2

    Thank you Nutcutlet and Posy. It's quite a feature in our garden so I will be sad to see it gone. But I've had my suspicious for a while that it was past its best. I agree time for something new. Thanks again for the advice. 

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    Hi Gail63, we had a cherry that looked very sad, i tried everything, it was 10 years old, but we decided to dig it out. I planted two pear trees instead. Bob Flowerdew says you shouldn't plant another cherry in the same place, i'm not sure if that would apply to a different tree? I guess just in case it has a disease that can be passed on to other trees. We put the pear trees either side of where the cherry was. Lots of beautiful trees to choose from ?

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