Cherry tree does not bear fruit

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I bought my daughter a cherry tree as a wedding present seven years ago. In the beginning, it bore fruit but then the fruit became less and less. Now, it doesn't bear any fruit at all. I was told that it was a self-pollinating tree. What I have noticed is that there are black and brown spots on the leaves. The neighbours have also said that their cherry trees do not bear fruit either. What could be the reason?

The GARDENA gardening expert

Now this will be a little complicated, Mr. K., but at the end, there will be a picture – promised. 

It is good that you mentioned the spots on the leaves because that allows me to help you! The overall picture that you describe indicates that your daughter's trees and the neighbour's trees are standing too dense or are poorly ventilated. This leads to higher humidity that cannot escape. This, on the hand, benefits a leaf fungus which causes the described shot hole disease or also leaf spot disease (compare pictures online). 

You can combat a leaf spot disease with nature-friendly agents such as Neudo-Vital Fruit Spray (by Neudorff). To combat the shot hole disease in the home garden, there is no approved agent at this time. 

The agent is not the deciding factor because both fungal diseases are the result of a fundamental problem. It is important to let in enough light in for the cherries and to have better ventilation for the surrounding plants for an improved garden situation. Because – and now I will get to the point – the bloom damage should stop if what I have read from your description is the cause of the problem. With moist, cool weather in the flowering season and your prevailing microclimate which could cause a fungus, encourages bacterial infection and in the end, reinforces the effects of late frost. 

Furthermore, the infected, fallen leaves should be removed to reduce the spore strain.