Cherry trees are one of the most popular trees in the world. They have been planted in gardens since ancient times. Today they are used as ornamental plants or even as houseplants. These trees produce large quantities of sweet juicy fruit which are eaten fresh or dried and later made into jam, jellies, wine and other alcoholic beverages.
The trees are known for their fragrant flowers and beautiful white blossoms. There are many varieties of cherry trees with different shapes, colors and sizes. Some of them bear only black berries while others bear red ones. All types of cherries contain at least some sugar but the type varies greatly depending on the variety.
When ripe, these fruits turn bright yellow and then become very soft when sliced open (or chewed).
When the fruit is cut open, it contains a thick liquid called sap. The juice of the cherry tree contains high levels of alcohol. This alcohol is what gives the fruit its characteristic taste and smell. The alcohol content ranges from 2% to 12%.
If left untreated, this alcohol will cause rotting of the flesh inside the fruit resulting in a rotten appearance and flavor. However, if treated properly, this problem can be avoided altogether.
Cherry trees are attractive and popular landscape trees that require little maintenance. Their most common problem is the oozing of a sticky substance known as gum from damaged areas on the trunk and branches. This substance is dried sap and it seeps out through cracks in the bark. The oozing of this sap is commonly referred to as weeping cherry tree.
Weeping cherry trees canker can be prevented by ensuring that there are no injuries or cracks on the trunk or branches. These injuries can appear as a result of physical damage (e.g. falling branches from other trees in the area, being hit by vehicles, lawn mowers or pruning tools).
In addition to this, the thinning of branches and trees can also lead to cracks on the trunk over time. This is especially true if the tree is very young or it is planted in an area with very little space to grow. The cracks appear as a result of the pressure applied to the trunk by surrounding branches and the movement of the trunk as it grows in size.
Canker is a term commonly used to refer to any condition where the outer layers of a tree’s bark are damaged. The damage can be caused by insects or disease and in some cases even physical damage or poor growing conditions. The oozing of sap through cracks in the bark is a natural defense mechanism used by the tree to protect itself from insects and disease.
Insects such as beetles lay their eggs inside the inner layers of the bark and as a result the tree oozes gum in an attempt to seal up the wound. Disease can also cause damage to these areas thus leading to the weeping of gum from cracks in the bark.
The weeping cherry tree is grown in many areas all over the world in both hot and temperate regions. It is especially popular in countries like South Africa, England and the United States of America where it is the state tree of Indiana. Although it prefers temperate conditions, it can survive in tropical regions provided that the temperature does not exceed 35 degrees Celsius. It does not tolerate frost and for this reason the climate in most parts of South Africa excludes it as a possibility for that region.
It can grow in different types of soil, (except for those that are sandy) but it grows best on heavier and well drained soils. It also grows well under a wide range of pH levels.
The weeping cherry tree is a deciduous tree which means that it loses its leaves each year during winter. It flowers during spring (usually between March and April) and the flowers turn into fruit during the summer.
The shape of the leaves varies depending on environmental factors such as high soil pH and available nutrients. Three types of leaves are most common; broad lanceolate, narrow lanceolate and elliptic.
Broad lanceolate: These leaves have a wide central vein and the edges are slightly wavy. They range in size from 2 to 5 inches and turn a dark green color during the summer months.
Narrow lanceolate: These leaves have a narrow central vein and are either slightly wavy or not at all. They range in size between 2 and 4 inches and turn a dark green color during the summer months.
Elliptic: These are consistently oval shaped and taper to a point at their tips. They are around 2 to 4 inches in length and slightly wider than they are long. They also turn a dark green during the summer months.
In an area with ideal conditions, the weeping cherry tree can reach a height of up to 30 meters and can form a canopy that is around half as wide when fully grown. It grows at a fast rate and during its first 15 years of life it can grow up to 12 feet each year. It reaches maturity at the age of 30 and at this point the growth rate is significantly reduced.
In its natural environment, it can live up to 500 years although in an area with good conditions, it can live for more than 200 years.
The weeping cherry tree is more resistant to diseases that attack the roots than to those that attack the branches and leaves. It is susceptible to fungus attacks in general but it also suffers from parasitic nematodes in the root systems.
During bad weather conditions, a large number of the leaves shed which can leave gaps in the foliage. This is natural and does not harm the tree.
The weeping cherry tree is susceptible to several types of pests but it has few predators. Among the few that do eat its leaves, seeds and bark are woodpeckers, worms, deer, rabbits and rodents. The larvae of the tortrix moth also feed on its leaves.
The weeping cherry tree has several types of wildlife that live among its branches. These include squirrels, snakes, bats and birds. They feed on the tree’s seeds as well as the insects that live among its leaves.
The weeping cherry is also beneficial to a wide variety of other species due to its large size and shade. Several types of birds build their nests in it and feed on its insects as well as resting in its shade. Other animals such as squirrels, rabbits and deer browse on the foliage as well as taking shelter under the canopy.
Weeping cherry trees are susceptible to several different types of diseases and insects. Some can be treated with fungicides, insecticides and even pesticides although these should be used with caution as they can often do more harm than good.
The most common problems seen in the tree include leaf curl, heart rot, twig blight, canker, dieback, petiole and branch blight as well as insect infestation such as bark beetles and tent caterpillars.
The weeping cherry tree was found in large numbers along riverbanks and in wet bottom land. The reason for this is that it was an extremely fast growing tree that could quickly adapt to these conditions. It also had a thick canopy that provided a great deal of shade to prevent the growth of other plants underneath as well as protection for animals.
It was one of the most sought after trees when it came to lumber due to its size, strength and beauty. During the 1800s it was heavily logged and many thought it would become extinct.
The good news is that it did not and thanks to conservation practices as well as reforestation, the weeping cherry tree is making a comeback. It can still be found growing wild in parts of China and Japan although its numbers have dwindled.
It can also be found in several different public parks and gardens. It is one of the most popular varieties for landscapers to use as an ornamental tree due to its unique appearance and hardiness.
The weeping cherry tree’s popularity has grown over the years and it can now be found in several different varieties. Some of these are the ‘Brunette’, ‘Pink Double’ and ‘White’.
It is a beautiful tree that has been known to reach incredible heights. The legend of the weeping cherry tree is not only fascinating but also full of life lessons. The most important of these is to go after your dreams. No matter how impossible they may seem, with hard work and dedication, they just might come true.
It truly is a fascinating tale that has withstood the test of time. It shows the power of love and the strength of the human spirit. It teaches valuable lessons about life, nature and the environment.
One question remains however.
Is there really such a tree that grows at the top of the mountains in the heavens?
Maybe one day we will be able to answer this question once and for all. If anyone is able to find this tree and bring back proof, they will surely be remembered for all of time.
Until that day however, the weeping cherry tree will have to remain a mystery of the ages.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Backyard Orchardist Fruit Pests: Cherry by D Alston, M Murray – 2011 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org
Rootstock effects on growth and flowering in young apple trees grown with ammonium and nitrate nitrogen by YP Gao, H Motosugi, A Sugiura – Journal of the American Society …, 1992 – journals.ashs.org
THUMBELINA SLEEPWALK by EB Corwin – 2015 – rave.ohiolink.edu
The long, long life of trees by F Stafford – 2016 – books.google.com