Q&A – How can I keep my cherries from getting shot hole disease?

Shot hole disease is a common problem with cherries. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison says there are two causes: fungus and bacteria. Both cause spots on the leaves that die and fall out leaving a hole in the leaf. If the infection is fungal you can spray with a fungicide, but if the problem is bacterial there is not much you can do. Mike says cherry trees can tolerate a lot of leaf damage, so it is not a big problem. Remember to pick up any fallen leaves to reduce the presence of the disease in the environment.

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