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Cherry Trees, Yellow Leaves, & Lime Chippings

In April I planted three 3yr old cherry trees. They took well with no obvious sign of distress.

Late May I spread Limestone Chippings around where they grow to a depth of about 2-3".

I had checked but I didn't see Cherry Trees listed as ericaceous. Now however, I am starting to see the leaves on the lowers branches nearest the trunk turn yellow. I assume this is more than just a coincidence?

As with all chippings there was some dust which I presume would leach into the soil relatively quickly. Thereafter I expect the limestone to impact the soil at a much slower rate.

My initial thinking is that the yellowing has been caused by the lime and that I should treat the areas around the root balls with something to counter the alkaline.

I would welcome any opinions because I am basing all this on assumptions.

Thanks in advance,


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    You're right, cherry trees aren't ericaceous.

    Can you post a photo, someone might be able to make some suggestions as to cause

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • JRMJRM Posts: 2

    Here are pictures of one of the three trees. The other two are exhibiting similar systems although not yet as pronounced.







    Thanks again,

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