[NAFEX] Birds in Amelanchier & Cherry

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Sat Aug 9 11:38:42 EDT 2008


I had two Northstar cherries die in the Spring.  I don't believe they
are very hardy.

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From: sdw12986 at aol.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Birds in Amelanchier & Cherry
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2008 00:56:50 -0400

>
>>
>> Although,... I think my Northstar cherry tree has died. It's three
>years 
>> old and I've never had any previous trouble with it. Due to the
>freeze 
>> last year, this is the first year I've had cherries, though not too
>
>> many. It had lots of blossoms, but I had a real shortage of bees
>earlier 
>> this spring.
>>
>> But after we had an extra 5 inches of rain in June (that's a lot
>for 
>> Nebraska, though we didn't have flooding or anything), the leaves
>on the 
>> Northstar steadily turned yellow and dropped off. There's not a
>leaf on 
>> it now. It's in a flat area, not a depression or anything, and none
>of 
>> my other fruit trees had any problem (most have needed extra water
>since 
>> then, but there's been no irrigation anywhere near the cherry).
>>
>> But there are no signs of borers or any other problem, so I imagine
>it 
>> must have been the rainy June. I'm pretty new at all this, though.
>>
>> Bill
>> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
>>   
>
>For what it's worth (not much), that's how my Northstar cherry died
>too. 
>I doubt that your 5 inches of rain caused the trouble unless the site
>is 
>really poorly drained. My tree got up to about 4 inches in diameter
>near 
>the ground. It looked perfectly normal and then the leaves turned a
>nice 
>yellow and fell off. It looked just about like the normal fall drop
>of 
>leaves except that it happened in August. I left the tree there but
>it 
>was 100% dead the next season. I don't recall any unusual amount of
>rain 
>at any time that summer.
>
>Steve in the Adirondacks
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