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My Weeping Cherry Tree Is Not Blooming

By Bailey Shoemaker Richards ; Updated July 21, 2017
Unhealthy cherry trees will not blossom.

A weeping cherry tree that does not produce blooms will not produce fruit later in the season, and the bare tree will stand out in the blossoming springtime garden. Proper care of weeping cherry trees helps ensure blooming.

Pruning

Annual pruning is vital to the health of weeping cherry trees. Pruning keeps the weeping shape of the branches looking trimmed and aesthetically pleasing, and leaves enough space between them for healthy blossoming. Overcrowded branches will not produce blooms.

Winter Damage

Winter damage, or damage from a late frost, has the potential to stop a weeping cherry tree from blooming. Ice, snow and frost damage late in the winter season kills off new growth, such as leaf and flower buds, stopping the weeping cherry tree from blossoming. Pruning after frost damage can encourage new growth.

Fungal Disease

Fungal diseases are transmitted through airborne spores or insect damage, and affect a tree from the inside out. Many fungal diseases begin at the roots of the tree, like root rot. Over time, damage caused by fungal diseases can weaken the tree and prevent it from blooming.

 

About the Author

 

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.