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Flowering cherry problems

Cherry trees are prized for their beautiful spring flowers and colourful fall foliage. Although there are many types of cherry trees, the ornamental flowering varieties such as the Japanese cherry, Kwanzan cherry and Yoshino cherry are among the most popular. Cherry trees require extra care because they are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases.

Common Pests

According to the University of Florida Extension, aphids are a particular problem for cherry trees. Aphids eat leaves and secrete a substance called honeydew that encourages the growth of black fungus. Other common pests include various kinds of scale and borers, spider mites and carpenter worms. Tent caterpillars often build weblike nests in the branches and strip leaves from the tree.

Common Diseases

Cherry trees are prone to leaf spot, a fungus causing dark spots and premature yellowing of leaves. Other common diseases include powdery mildew and black knot, a disease causing black galls on the branches. Shot hole is a bacterial infection that causes dry spots and holes in the leaves.

Care of Cherry Trees

Cherry trees should be well-fertilised and deeply watered to promote vigorous growth and resistance to disease. Trees must be pruned regularly to remove dead or diseased branches and to promote good air circulation.

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Based in the Atlanta area, Charlene Williams has been writing and editing since 1988. She has over 15 years of experience working as a technical writer in the software industry. She has worked as a freelance writer for the past five years, and is a contributing writer for eHow and Answerbag. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kennesaw State University.