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Eddie’s Corner: What is causing the Dead Branches on my Trees?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

FireblightI have been getting a lot of calls and samples brought into the office of trees that are dying at the tips. Most of these are related to apples and pears. The cause of this death is a disease called Fireblight. The disease affects plants in the Rosaceae family. The plants affected include Amelanchier (serviceberry), Chaenomeles (flowering quince), Cotoneaster (cotoneaster), Crataegus (hawthorn), Eriobotrya (loquat), Malus (apple and crabapple), Photinia (photinia), Prunus (flowering almond, plum and cherry), Pyracantha (pyracantha), Pyrus (pear), Rosa (rose), and Spirea (spirea).  Continue reading