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Cherry Tree withered leaves and dead fruit

We have a mature cherry tree in our garden. Last year a couple of branches struggled with withered leaves and dead fruit. This year several branches are totally bare and other branches have withered leaves and dead fruit. On the whole the tree seems to be struggling somewhat. Does anyone have any idea what may be causing it?

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Last edited: 04 June 2017 17:02:12

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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,997

    Could just be old age - cherry trees are not especially long lived and have a life span of about 30 years.

    It might be something like honey fungus - you could look for any signs of  loose or damaged bark with sheets of white mycelium under it, together with a strong mushroomy smell, and there could be fruiting bodies in the shape of honey coloured fungi in the autumn. Are any other trees or shrubs affected?

  • Thanks for replying! I just checked the bark and it all looks fine. There are a number of bushes and shrubs around it and they all seem perfectly healthy too. 

    I am not sure how old it is, but it must be a reasonable age. You can see the rough size of it based on the fence in the background, so that may give a clue if we know how fast they grow.

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