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The question was asked by the Satmer Rav quoted here. As cited there he answered The customs are indeed appropriate. On the day when trees are “judged,” we are interested in determining the success of the tree during the previous year. That is done by assessing what it has produced. On the other hand, when our focus is on the fruit and we want to assess ...


An explicit source for not sating tachanun on Tu Bishvat before the beis Yosef is the Sefer Haminhagim (Kloizner ch. 76) who records an (obviously Ashkenazi) custom not to fast.

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