Losing a Tree

I’m so sad.  After our polar vortex / snowpocalypse winter, I think our beautiful weeping cheery isn’t going to survive.  This is what spring usually looks like:

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It’s solid pink and glorious for about three weeks, and then the blossoms drop as the leaves come out.  But like everyone else in the Midwest, the winter of 2014 brought us this:

Weeping Cherry Snow 2014Not to mention thermometer readings of -27 F.  Now, I realize that everything is about three weeks behind schedule, but still . . . the weeping cherry should be blooming at the same time as the tulip tree.  Instead of a gorgeous show of trailing pink masses, this is what I see when I pull up to the house:

Dead Weeping CherryI’ve been told these trees are susceptible to cold, and there are several old, healed winter cracks in the trunk.  But one has opened and is weeping sap now, and besides no blossoms, there are only maybe a dozen leaves scattered among all the branches.  I bought some “wound heal” spray, commonly used for large pruning jobs, and I’ll apply it to the winter crack with fingers crossed.  I’m not ready to give up on it yet, but I suspect our spring spectacle will be no more.  And I’m sad.

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8 Responses to Losing a Tree

  1. Oh, that is sad! It’s in a great spot and has such graceful proportions. I hope it pulls out of it!
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  2. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Aww, thanks, Leandra.

  3. MonaKarel says:

    Don’t lose hope. It might need recovery time, or possibly some judicious trimming to give it more chance to heal
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Thanks, Mona. I’m still trying to hope – I’ll put updates here as we see what happens.

  4. Jennifer, I would be sad too. The weather has been strange everywhere this year. And it is affecting us in so many ways. Thus, your poor tree. See, you’ve got the polar vortex and we have a severe drought and heat! Everything is wacky. I do hope the wound heal treatment works and that things are thawing in your neck of the woods! 🙂
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  5. Did your tree survive?
    Please post an update. How does it look today?
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      It was very confused for a while, Pamela – blooming and leafing at the same time. Right now, it has plenty of leaves to stay alive, but lots of small dead branches up high. We’ll have to see what it looks like next spring. I’ll post a picture here if I can. If not, maybe another post. Thanks for stopping by!

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