Q How do I recognise cherry leaf scorch?
A Dead, brown shrivelled leaves remain hanging on the cherry tree long after healthy leaves have
fallen, often throughout the winter. However, the stems and any buds on them aren't killed. Tiny red-brown raised blisters develop on the lower surface of infected leaves. During the summer, the
disease is usually first seen on the leaves as brown blotches with yellowish margins.
Caption: Cherry leaf scorch causes the leaves to die prematurely
Q How can I help a tree affected by cherry leaf scorch?
A Despite early leaf death, this cherry leaf scorch doesn't appear to cause any significant damage,
but keeping the tree well fed, watered and mulched helps.
Q How can I prevent cherry leaf scorch?
A Keep a close watch on the tree and any ornamental prunus species, and remove suspicious leaves promptly. As the fungus appears to overwinter on infected leaves, rake these up swiftly and
consider removing them from the tree. Bin or burn, but don't compost infected leaves