I have a cherry tree which seemed to drop its leaves a little early last year. I have another one beside it and it seems to be starting to come around for spring, however the other one doesn't seem like it's going to bloom. How do I know if something is wrong and if it's something I can treat so I won't have to cut it down?

There are a number of factors that could contribute to a cherry losing its leaves early. Last year, we saw the emergence of a new fungal leaf disease in our area: blumeriella, which caused total leaf loss on hundreds of cherry trees. Girdling roots or root rot could also cause the same or similar symptoms. The best way to determine what the problem is (very difficult to do over the internet), is to have an arborist inspect the tree to determine what is the cause of its decline, and to tell you if there is anything that can be done to remedy the situation.

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