[NAFEX] Ants and Eggs on Cherries

Caren Kirk quirky at videotron.ca
Tue Jun 9 21:30:44 EDT 2009

I have an ornamental cherry in my garden, a long with a carmine jewel, a crimson passion and a second crimson passion I just planted this spring. Every year my ornamental cherry just thrives and is covered in a beautiful display of both blossoms and then foliage.  My carmine jewel too has been settling in very well over the last 2 years with lots of flowers and fruit despite only being about 3 feet tall.

However, this spring both the ornamental and the carmine jewel had hardly any blossoms. The carmine jewel has leafed out normally but the ornamental has very few leaves.  Many seem to be shrivelled or malformed. On closer inspection I found that the ornamental has a vast number of ants crawling on it, and on the branches,the terminal leaves are full of tiny eggs, some grey-bown and some green. There also seems to be a small hole in the trunk.

The other cherries have a few ants also and I found some of the terminal leaves with the same type of eggs, but a much smaller infestation.

I remember reading something someone had posted about ants looking after aphids? I am assuming that the green eggs are aphids but what are the brown? I get the impression this is killing the tree, and I love my cherry!  What do I need to do to get rid of these pests and save my poor trees!

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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