Cherry Tree Leaves

Ironically, I always mis-spell Cherry as ‘Cheery’, and this is not so cherry, err, cheery…

…The leaves on the bush cherries, grown on Gisela 5 root stock, have never been great this summer, and this is the typical colouration we’re seeing. The bark seems okay, but the leaves almost look as though they’re entering winter early. Eventually, as can be seen, they drop off. I can’t find any insects on them, save for some cherry slugs (an odd thing, when you crush the cheery cherry slug, it smells like butter!). So far I can not find out what this is – some have suggested a deficiency in the soil, though we’re on good arable land that previously was a wheat, barley, bean rotation – with the odd rape seed thrown in for good measure. It had been limed prior to us grassing it over with a permanent lay (rye grass & white clover mix), and we’ve kept a 1m clearing around the roots, mulched with fresh grass clippings. Any pointers gratefully received!

It’s just occured to me, I don’t suppose the chemicals in the wooden post could cause this?

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