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    What’s wrong with my fruit trees?

    We planted some (apple?) trees a few years ago. Our soil is mostly clay and rock and known to be acidic. The local nursery that sold us the trees said they should do well here.

    Six years later and not much growth, one died. The other seems to be doing not so good. Can anybody give me some pointers? I never see any bugs on the leaves.









    In the early spring, the trees look perfect. Nice and full and green. Then they start doing whatever is happening in the pics. Then the leaves start thinning out. Eventually it looks like a twig with three or four leaves, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree.

    Thoughts?
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    If one is not going to spray very regularly, you should have planted "scab resistant varieties".
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    not sure about your area but usually one university in a state will allow you to send in a leaf for analysis.


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    Cedar trees nearby (about 200 ft) caused that on my apple trees in kansas some years back. Did not affect its apple production but did put spots on the leaves.
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    @jimr is right on the money with his analysis.

    Classic apple scab and fungal infections are by far the biggest challenge apple growers face. Trees are susceptible every time there is a wetting event, i.e. rain. Spores are released and can infect the trees. The amount of time to prevent is measured in hours depending on temperature.

    https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/BP/BP-1-W.pdf


    Hygiene in the orchard helps and that is why I pick up all the leaves every Fall and Spring to remove any pathogens. However that is hard to do in a commercial orchard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newt.bchs View Post
    Cedar trees nearby (about 200 ft) caused that on my apple trees in kansas some years back. Did not affect its apple production but did put spots on the leaves.
    Cedar rust was my first thought. Around me cedar trees grow like weeds. I put in some apple trees not long after I bought the property and cedar rust has been an ongoing problem since day 1. I actually just gave up and let what apples the trees do produce feed the deer.
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    Mine do the same thing. County agent said that it was cedar rust. Firewood Bandit - what spray should we use?
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    I have zero cedar trees around here. What should I treat them with?
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    TREATMENT

    FOR APPLE HOSTS: Once infected, no treatment is effective on the current year’s foliage. Preventative treatment, however, is very effective.

    Late Winter: Dormant oil should be applied in the late winter to smother overwintering spores on bark, branches, twigs, and buds.

    Spring: A fungicide should be applied following package directions, usually when the flower buds turn pink, again when the petals have fallen, and once more about 10 days later. A light spray on the soil below the plant might help as well.

    Fall: Thorough clean-up of all fallen leaves will greatly reduce the source of new spores the following spring. Get the leaves off your property if at all possible rather than putting them in your compost.

    Cedar Apple Rust - Weston Nurseries
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