WSU Extension

Hortsense

Cherry
 
Disease
Armillaria root rot 
Bacterial canker 
Black knot 
Brown rot blossom blight and fruit rot 
Crown gall 
Cytospora canker 
Dead bud 
Gumming (Gummosis) 
Leaf spot 
Little cherry 
Mottle leaf 
Necrotic rusty mottle 
Powdery mildew 
Prunus necrotic ringspot 
Shothole (Coryneum blight) 
Verticillium wilt 
Witches'-broom (Cherry leaf curl) 
Insect
Apple-and-thorn skeletonizer 
Black cherry aphid 
Brown marmorated stink bug 
Cherry bark tortrix 
Cherry fruit fly 
Cutworms and armyworms 
Earwigs 
Leafrollers 
Peachtree borer 
Pear slug (Cherry slug) 
San Jose scale 
Shothole borer 
Spider mites 
Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) 



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Caption: Crown gall
Photo by: R.S. Byther
  
Cherry : Crown gall
(revision date: 5/20/2014)


Biology
Crown gall is caused by a soilborne bacterium. The bacteria infect through wounds on the crown and roots. Young galls are fleshy, white, enlarged masses on the roots or stems. Older galls are hardened and turn dark brown and woody or corky in appearance. They range in size from less than an inch to several inches across. The bacteria may be transmitted on infected nursery stock. Water movement can spread the bacteria from infected to clean soil. Damage varies with location and size of galls. Small galls are essentially harmless. Large galls on the crown may weaken or girdle trees. The growths can also be an aesthetic concern.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Plant disease-free materials.
  • Remove and destroy declining trees with large crown galls. Also remove roots and surrounding soil where possible.
  • Prune out galls when practical. Sterilize pruning tools between cuts to avoid spreading bacteria to healthy tissue.
  • Avoid injuries to the bark, roots, and crown when planting.
  • Do not replant susceptible species in infected soil.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

None recommended

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Caption: Crown gall
Photo by: R.S. Byther