Sparse flowering cherry

I have a 25-year-old flowering cherry which flowered quite sparsely this year, and now that the leaves are out, they are also quite sparse. The leaves are perfectly healthy and all along all branches; the bark and trunk are also perfectly healthy.

Does anyone have any ideas about possible reasons for this, other than that the tree is getting on in years? I would be desperately sad to lose it, as the display is normally breathtaking in spring. Thanks.


  • PosyPosy Posts: 982

    I have exactly the same thing, Alina. I think it is probably old age, cherries don't live very long. I am keeping an eye on mine but I think the writing is on the wall.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    My commiserations, Posy. I think I'm going to try feeding mine with some phosphorus - the soil in the area isn't of the best, and can get pretty wet in winter. The leaves do seem smaller than usual, so you never know.

    Last edited: 18 June 2016 13:40:01

  • Dilly3Dilly3 Posts: 81

    I asked a similar question last week , is your tree a Prunus Kanzan ?   

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I believe it is, Dilly, as far as I can remember.

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