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Dying cherry blossom tree?

Hi, I am new to gardening and was looking for some advice. We have a cherry blossom tree in our garden (it doesn’t produce fruit but it’s a pink blossom tree) and we believe it’s been here for maybe 10 years? We moved into the property nearly 3 years ago. The first year we thought what a lovely pink blossom tree! The second year we noticed it didn’t appear as happy or full of blossom. This year we noticed even more so the tree doesn’t bloom as much as it did, it’s very sparse when the blossom and then leaves appear. We are wondering if the trunk of the tree has been damaged at some point in its life and is slowly dying... I have read up on things like fungus and rots but the trunk doesn’t appear to have fungus or any rot.  I have taken some photographs of the trunk, if anyone has any thoughts on the tree I would love to read them..

thanks so much!!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300
    I think your idea of damage to the bark is probably right.
    Those crossing branches rub together and damage the bark.
    Looking at the last pic I wonder if some of the growth is from below the graft, this will be stronger growth (that's the nature of the rootstock) and is squeezing the life out of the pretty pink part

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,937
    It is very close to the house.
    I wonder if the previous occupants cut it down to a stump, then new growth appeared and the tree re-formed.
    The branch with the 'spiralized' bark doesn't look good at all. I'd remove it completely.
    As nut says above, there are branches rubbing against each other which will cause a wound and allow infection, so that also needs attention.
    There's an RHS article here that gives tips on pruning your cherry. Please note that your cherry is of the Prunus family, so prune accordingly - and good luck.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • I think it would be advisable to remove the tree. Prunus are susceptible to canker, and those open wounds are not going to heal.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,661
    I agree with Yorkshire rose and think the tree is far too gone to be saved. Remove the tree, stump and roots as far as you can. I personally wouldn't plant another tree in the same spot for at least a year, but if you must, plant a different species i.e not a prunus. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Thanks guys for taking the time to reply to my post, really appreciate your thoughts :smile:
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