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Deformed Cherries

Pictures show: tree now - looks healthy, close up of this year's cherry plus last years awful one hanging on, and picture of one of last years picked for a close up, Can anyone help? Most cherries look great now, but one or two I feel are starting to go the way of last year already :-( Thanksimageimageimage


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Looks remarkably like a disease which affect plums called 'pocket plum'.  There is a variety of this fungus (Taphrina padi) which affects bird cherry but I've not heard of it affecting sweet cherries.

    Last edited: 22 May 2016 15:01:25

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    That's Taphrina for sure, I think the sweet cherry one is called T. weisneri, or something like that.

    It's a fungus, causes a sort of gall. It's not a disease of the tree, just a useless fruit

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks very much both of you. Couldn't find anything on line. Will do some research now. Cheers!! :-)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    It took me ages to ID T. padi when it first appeared on my Prunus padi. Early days of internet, not so much info on there. Also I'd decided it was a gall caused by an insect. After I'd sent the pic to someone I'd met from Buglife and he had no idea I started thinking again and eventually hit on the right  ID. No forum or Facebook then and a dial-up internet connection.  Makes one feel quite oldimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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