premature cherry tree leaf drop?

amandaj(TN zone7)October 22, 2010

I haven't noticed this before. All of my cherry trees dropped most of their leaves about a month ago. There are only a few leaves left on the ends of some branches. I also noticed mushrooms growing in the mulch near some of them. It hasn't been unusually dry and I've watered them well a few times when it was. Is this normal?

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subtropix

Much of the eastern half of the country just went through a very hot and ARID growing season. I say it's drought related. Saw some trees dropping leaves in August around here. It was just a harsh growing season--especially for trees and shrubs not fully established in the ground. Wouldn't worry about mushrooms unless they were actually growing on the tree.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 7:12AM
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Dan Staley

Yes, weather.

Dan

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 10:30AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i have a dozen 60 to 80 foot p. serotina.. furniture wood cherry ... and 10 weeks of drought and extreme heat this summer ...

i HAVE NO CLUE WHERE THE LEAVES WENT ... i did notice them gone a few weeks early .. i dont see them laying around all that much ... guess they blew away ...

a lot of my oaks simply went brown this year.. no red/scarlet ...

as above.. just a bad summer ...

ken

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 2:12PM
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amandaj(TN zone7)

Thanks everyone. I guess I'll try to stop worrying. I thought I had watered them so much during the dry periods that they wouldn't know it had been dry. I didn't know if they'd make it without leaves this fall.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 11:41PM
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Dan Staley

I thought I had watered them so much during the dry periods that they wouldn't know it had been dry.

Of course they "know". Their evapotranspiration increases, changing their metabolism.

Dan

    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 11:28AM
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