Blossom Wilt on winter flowering cherry blossom

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Colum O\’Dwyer asked 6 years ago

We have a wintering flowering cherry blossom that has suffered from blossom wilt the last few years, getting progressively worse. Last summer all the only leaves were at the very top of the tree, and there were no flowers this winter. Is it worth cutting back the tree hard to see if it will recover, or is there anything else I should try before cutting it down? It is a beautiful tree and we would be loathe to cut it down.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Blossom wilt disease is a serious problem and there is no practical solution.

It is worse in a wet year, better in dry conditions, but usually its a short reprieve.