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Cherry tree in N Ireland with brown leaves and holes

F10naF10na Posts: 3
edited July 2018 in Problem solving
Our  cherry tree has developed some brown leaves with holes and looks very ugly and unhealthy.

It is in Northern Ireland.

I just noticed this in mid July.

I see tiny black dots - are these black cherry aphids??? Or something else??

Should  I try pruning the affected branches?



  • F10naF10na Posts: 3
  • F10naF10na Posts: 3
    edited July 2018
    Underneath leaves. Tiny specs... hard to see what they are.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Yes aphids - the light coloured shells are just that - they shed them as they grow.  I would cut off any badly affected branch tips back to just above a good leaf.  Now is about the right time for pruning cherries anyway - more advice here:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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