Cherry tree funeral zone 7?

well the cherry tree didnt make it, looks dead might try to dig it out and put in water and see if something happens.
Have you ever seen a dead tree come back alive?

Can’t answer your question but I’m about to attend a peach tree funeral. So I feel your pain. :frowning:


Lots of cherry trees get buried here. I believe I have planted over 50 and have 27 today

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Do you know the cause of its demise? If the tree is dead, the named variety will not come back. I son’t know if cherry rootstock will sucker. I cut three chery trees down to the soil level. Nothing sprout from the rootstocks.

@Susu, Atfer a while, it is getting easier cutting trees down. To me, cutting down dead trees is much easier than cutting down good looking trees that did not produced or produced low quality fruit.

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You cut down good looking trees for not producing quality fruit :flushed:?? Man you ARE mean :grinning:
I’m still holding on to my peach tree as you probably noticed in the other thread. But I think it has to go…

I am mean :grin:I removed Shinko, A pear for the poor quality fruit. People in other area of the country rate it highly. It is bland in New England. It was gone.

I removed Danube because it flowers abundantly and set 20 cherries a year.

I removed Vandalay cherry because it cracked every year. Why keep a tree that you have little to no chance to eat the fruit?

My Black Star cherry died of no definite cause. If I have plenty of space, I could keep some. I have a small yard. Something gotta go.


I have found trees often takes year to produce. And the first couple years of production the fruit quality can improve. If by the 3rd production season the fruit is bad, it probably won’t improve.
The first 2 years of production of The Spice Zee Nectaplum was terrible, very bland. The 3rd year it was bursting with flavor, best fruit of the year. Sometimes waiting does nothing and you still have a stinker. But on occasion the tree just needs time. The nectaplum is a west coast tree with low chill hours, yet it works in zone 5b, go figure. Figs are notorious for improving with age too. This too has happened to me with Osborne Prolific, from bland to grand in 3 years of production.


I agree. That’s why my two cherry trees are still alive today.

I have same issues with cherry trees in Zone 7 - a relatively big 2nd year white gold on mazzard died this year and another on new root died back to about 8 inches above the graft, I am hoping it is my rootstock selection - I have a Stella on Colt that is growing like a weed. At least I know others have the same problem in Zone 7. Curious when do your trees die - usually in the first 1 to 2 years or later? I had 4 cherry trees die years ago - all within 3 years,

Mine die in the spring. Usually when they come out and then we get a late freeze. I have colt, mazzard, Gisela, and z-dwarf. The best root so far has been a-dwarf

so your stella tree is doing well?

Yes it’s growing like a weed. I have not pruned it since I bought it. It was a 3 gallon potted tree.

congrats, Maybe ill just wait for the pears but its cool growing stuff instead of buying it, Cherrys are almost $5 a bag

Make sure to grow sour cherries first in our zone.

All mine are doing great (no fruit yet on any of them) except for one sour cherry that did get bacterial canker in its trunk. I grafted rootstock suckers onto the trunk above the injury (after cutting out the canker) and also budded the variety on one of the suckers. That budded ‘tree’ is almost taller than the original tree, and I just did that last fall! I’ll probably just cut down the part with the bad trunk.

My one sweet cherry has grown great, but I’m not sure of the variety. I wish I knew because it has wood that heals so quickly and easily, it’d make a great anti-canker “rootstock”. I am waiting for it to fruit, but I mainly used it to graft other cherries onto. It accepted sour, duke (sweet x sour) and other sweet cherries, which is fun!

The only think I know for sure about the actual rootstocks for mine is that they aren’t any of the truly dwarfing kinds. My soil drains very well in my orchard area, too.

Oh, the Canadian Romance cherries I have are own-root. They’re very healthy and will fruit next year, it looks like. They may end up being the easiest cherries for us to grow well, imho.