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 What's Wrong With My Apple Trees? 
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Post What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
I have two trees that were growing well until recently. One is a Fuji, the other a HoneyCrisp. Whole patches of leaves are turning brown, but there are still green leaves above and below the brown patches. About half of each tree is involved. Both trees are about three years old. I can't see any insects chewing on the leaves or branches. Attached are some photos. Any ideas?

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Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:42 am
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
Are you watering it enough?
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Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:10 am
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
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"Are you watering it enough?"


I think they've been getting plenty of water...it's been very wet here in North Georgia this summer.


Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:24 am
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
Also, I have two cherry trees right next to the apples, and they are doing well and seem to be getting enough water. Plums, blackberries and blueberries as well.


Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:44 am
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
Might be fire blight


Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:33 pm
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Might be fire blight

I searched Google Images for "Apple Fire Bight" and yes, that's what my problem looks like. It also seems that the consensus on controlling the problem is that it's tough to fight.


Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:10 pm
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
If i'm looking at the picture correctly, which I may not be there are lots of branches crossing each other, But if there dead branches with green branches beyond them that are not wilted , which is what I think I'm seeing then I don't think your problem is fireblight. It could just be too much water. How is your water table?


Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:09 am
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
macmanmatty wrote:
If i'm looking at the picture correctly, which I may not be there are lots of branches crossing each other, But if there dead branches with green branches beyond them that are not wilted , which is what I think I'm seeing then I don't think your problem is fireblight. It could just be too much water. How is your water table?

Hello, macmanmatty. It certainly could have been too much water. The summer here in North Georgia has been very wet. And you are correct that there is plenty of green and seemingly healthy foliage beyond the dead brown stuff. I haven't yet tried to prune the affected parts of the trees (there's too much to prune and it's not time to prune anyway), and I don't think that I will when the time comes. I did get some streptomycin powder to use next season, but your comments about too much water is interesting. I'll wait and see.


Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:17 am
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Post Re: What's Wrong With My Apple Trees?
Mind's Eye, Watering wrote:
macmanmatty wrote:
If i'm looking at the picture correctly, which I may not be there are lots of branches crossing each other, But if there dead branches with green branches beyond them that are not wilted , which is what I think I'm seeing then I don't think your problem is fireblight. It could just be too much water. How is your water table?

Hello, macmanmatty. It certainly could have been too much water. The summer here in North Georgia has been very wet. And you are correct that there is plenty of green and seemingly healthy foliage beyond the dead brown stuff. I haven't yet tried to prune the affected parts of the trees (there's too much to prune and it's not time to prune anyway), and I don't think that I will when the time comes. I did get some streptomycin powder to use next season, but your comments about too much water is interesting. I'll wait and see.



If the green shoots beyond the dead wood are still green and healthy then your problem is most definatly NOT fireblight. It could be water issues though.

The best time to prune dead wood from a tree is at the end of any day that ends in Y


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