Cherry Trees: Seeing Holes in Their Leaves? Here’s Why

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“How do I get my cherry trees looking that pretty?” the average homeowner asks. Given their visual benefits, it’s no wonder they are one of the most popular ornamental trees in the area.

As with everything, however, there are a few issues that may develop in cherry trees. Often, this is due to the development of shot hole disease. Read on to find out more about it and what you can do to keep your cherry trees looking great.

Diseases in Cherry Trees

Planting new trees is always exciting. After all, a new tree is a new adventure, a new life, and it’s all happening in your yard! However, after marveling at the beauty of blossoming cherry trees, problems may begin which could result in a ruined picturesque landscape.

A catch-all symptomatic phrase, shot hole disease often worries homeowners as they inflict their once beautiful cherry trees.

The following are symptoms of shot hole disease:

  • Holes
  • Black spots
  • Early leaf drop
  • Yellowing

What Causes Shot Hole Disease?

Fungal pathogens are one of cherry trees’ greatest adversaries. Together with certain bacteria, leaf spot fungi lead to the symptoms found in shot hole disease. These issues reduce the cherry trees’ benefits, whether they be visual appeal, flowers, or fruit production.

Environmental stressors such as wet springs and drought will increase the likelihood of disease in cherry trees. If severe, the infection may continue through summer and foster into the yellowing appearance and early defoliation. Worse, if the infection continues for several years, the vitality of the plant may come into question.

Altogether, this makes continuous seasonal care important to upkeep the health of cherry trees.

To learn more about the impacts of environmental stress, check out our article here.

How do you treat shot hole disease?

Fortunately, cherry trees are typically able to recover from shot hole disease without any necessary treatment. However, the issues often look unsightly and fail to present the beautiful vision homeowners had in mind.

Our Cherry Tree Care Package will:

  • Keep your landscape looking beautiful and lively
  • Maintain the health and vigor of your cherry trees
  • Make your cherry trees less susceptible to diseases

You can book an appointment with one of our Certified Arborists to discuss our Cherry Tree Care Package. After all, what’s better than one scenic landscape? Multiple – and, owning one yourself! Cherry tree owners deserve the scenic (and more importantly, healthy and flourishing) landscape they envisioned.

One thought on “Cherry Trees: Seeing Holes in Their Leaves? Here’s Why”

  1. Lawrence Cindea says:

    Can you call or email me – I have 3 cherry trees @ 20 years old and they have shot hole disease

    Id like to get a quote on tree maintenance plans

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