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sour cherry with yellow leaves

Posted by vaherbmom 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 7, 12 at 14:05

My small sour cherry tree has yellowing on about 10% of the leaves. Is this a disease? If so, what should I do?

TIA for any help!


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RE: sour cherry with yellow leaves

Can you post pictures please?

Also tell us more about your tree. For instance, when was it planted?


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RE: sour cherry with yellow leaves

I have a terrible time trying to post photos.

My tress is about 8 years old. It has never had a really great crop. Two years I have been able to get one pie's worth of sour cherries from it. This year I think the birds got almost everything.

It's about 12 feet tall and otherwise healthy. Just some of the leaves (less than 10% probably) are yellowing and have some black spots on them. I would guess this is a fungus of some type?

Thanks for any advice. I will try to post a photo.


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RE: sour cherry with yellow leaves

It sounds like cherry leaf spot. Hard to say without viewing a photo. Captan or Chlorothalonil can be sprayed to prevent further infection. A few leaves with spot are not a big problem this late in the season. If the issue is
severe, then it is a problem as heavy defoliation can weaken the tree.

Chlorothalonil cannot be sprayed after shuck-split when you have fruit on the tree. Now that this season's cherry
harvest is over, this product can again be used if needed for fungal control should conditions warrant.


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RE: sour cherry with yellow leaves

  • Posted by skyjs z8 OR, USA (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 14:57

Your location could help also.
John S
PDX OR


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RE: sour cherry with yellow leaves

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 15:19

Your tree might be failing to take up soil nutrients, because the soil pH is too high. Yellow leaves can be due to high soil pH, so it would be a good idea to get this tested, or do it yourself.


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