Why is my cherry tree drooping and losing it’s leaves?
I planted a cherry tree last year. It looked great after planting and in the spring this year. I pruned all branches this spring. It was looking great even after pruning and was growing very fast with a large amount of leaves. About month and half ago, it starting to look very droopy and started losing its leaves. I placed mulch at base last year and added more this year. The ground was fairly wet in the spring but has since dried up just fine. I am getting large amount of new growth at the base of the tree. I’m not sure what the issue is?? I am in hardiness zone 5/6 and should be good for cherry tree in the area.
The flush of green growth at the base of your tree are known as suckers, which can be caused by a number of factors, but should be pruned away regardless as they pull nutrients away from your main trunk and will eventually form separate, weaker stems. That will definitely give some relief and an injection of resources to the primary treetop. There is more information on suckers and watersprouts (a similar phenomenon, but emerging from the trunk) in this University of New Hampshire bulletin.