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What Killed Our Cherry Tree?

Sexy Nerd and I seem doomed to lose a tree in our backyard every summer. Here is our yard two summers ago:
See that big, beautiful ash tree? The focal point of our yard? Don't get too attached to it.

Here is our yard last summer:

No ash tree. Just the neighbors ridiculously close house, perhaps placed at an angle so it could be as close as possible. Lush green (fake) lawn though!

Once we'd realized the tree was infested with ash borers, it was too late. It was a sad loss, but we moved on, planting sticks in its place that will one day (Sexy Nerd insists) grow tall enough to block the neighbor's windows. This summer was going to be better! Just look at all the cherries we got from our 2 cherry trees:
So much cherry goodness!

My mom is going to be so mad when she sees I posted photos online with my house a mess!

Do you know where I'm going with this? If you have a cherry tree, you may not want to finish reading this post. It gets pretty scary! Here is 1 of our cherry trees earlier this summer:

It looks healthy to you too, right??

One day, Sexy Nerd noticed that the leaves seemed to be drying up. Here is that exact same cherry tree a little over 2 weeks later:

Holy crap!

There was a major wind storm in between the photo of the pretty tree and the ghostly tree. Sexy Nerd thinks that it was infected with a fungus. We've treated the other plants in the yard, but aren't sure this tree is coming back next year. When you break off a branch, there's no green at all, inside or out.

Fingers crossed that one remaining cherry tree will be alright!

Can a frog prince protect a cherry tree? Let's hope so!

Yeah, both cherry trees are long dead. Lousy frog prince.


  1. Best of luck! Those cherries look delicious so it is my hope the tree is saved and you can post lots of yummy recipes made with the cherries from your backyard!

  2. Ohh... look at all those cherries! YUM! Hope everything works out ok w/the tree!

  3. LOL @ your neighbor's house being at the perfect angle to be as close to your house as possible. I cannot believe how many cherries your harvested. They look delicious. Hopefully the frog prince will protect the other one. My plants die on me . . . by not because of any forces of nature. . . unfortunately, I think I have a black thumb.

    Sad I missed the link party. Thanks for stoppin by today.

  4. Oh, that is so sad and a total bummer! It's rather hard to keep things alive, 'cause you requires watering and such. I'm not so good at it.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed you don't lose that tree completely.

  5. My first stop would be to call your local Extension Agent--I don't know what state you live in, but most have a Cooperative Extension Agent that can help with all agricultural issues--this is usually a free service. Call and see if they will come out to your house to look at your trees. Ask them to disagous what is killing your trees. If they are not sure, they can usually find out for you. They can also suggest treatment that could save your trees.

    Remember, before you can save your trees, you MUST know what is killing them! Good luck!

    Come by when you can....

  6. wow! Our ash trees are pretty poor right now, we don't have the ash borer here yet but trees in general around town are not doing so well from other weather issues.
    I am so jealous of your cherry trees, amazing! Do you net them to keep birds away?

  7. Oh my, look at those cherries! I hope it produces tons and tons more!

  8. Oh no, what is wrong with your tree?!

  9. Sorry to hear about your trees. We had the same thing happen to a cherry tree in our backyard. We had beautiful cherries for a few years (not as many as you). Then one year it just died...bummer. Hope your other tree is okay.

    p.s. I think you house looks

  10. First of all, that is not a messy house! Sorry about your tree :(

  11. Wow you sure got a load of cherries. I am sorry about your trees though. That is just weird.

  12. My messy house is way messier than your messy house. :) I am so sad for your trees! I hope you can call someone to find out what the issue is. Your trees were too pretty... and those cherries look delicious. Good luck!

  13. I certainly hope that frog prince can protect that tree. I am a little jealous of all those cherries...what a take!

  14. oh no! I hope the other one lives! All those cherries look delicious!

    BTW, I LOVE recipezaar - or! I use it all the time, like at least weekly. :)

  15. I can sympatize with you about your cherry tree :( For the past 3 years our peach tree has put forth lots of fruit... but... this year, half of the tree's leaves started to curl up, become brown and fell off... no fruit :( I was told that we should spray it in the spring with a dormant spray to hopefully protect it from fungus and/or insects. So, here's hoping for more fruit next year!

  16. I don't know about your cherry tree but my two cherry trees were attacked by Japanese Beetles this summer and last what seems like hours the eat every leaf off of the trees...I caught them and sprayed one tree with Sevin and saved the lower section of leaves but my spray only reached about 10 or 12 feet so everything above that is stripped!!! I love cherry trees and yours sure produced a great crop of beautiful cherries...the birds ate mine!!! Good luck!!!

  17. I have been considering buying some cherry trees. My neighbor behind me has a very unkempt backyard and I am tired of looking at it. Plus, we LOVE cherries. I need to research how well they survive California's hot weather.


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