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Massive dieback on ornamental pears

Dieback

Q&A

Two of our Chanticleer(?) ornamental pear trees bloomed, leafed out and then died back as shown in this photo. The wood is still flexible and green. Is it safe to assume they might leaf out again? They are in our front lawn, so theywere pretty well watered last year.

To be honest, I really dislike these trees, and the only thing I would regret about losing them would be paying to have them removed. But my husband likes them. He wants me to DO something for them, but I keep saying all we can do is wait and see what they do. Thoughts? - Tina -

Comments

  1. 11 months ago

    Tina - this could be fireblight. The conditions were right for an outbreak this spring. You might want to bring in some samples to take a look at. Unfortunately there is not much that can be done at this point.

    Dennis

  2. 11 months ago

    Fireblight! I justwent out to check for that and there is no sign of damage on any of the branches or twogs. It’s just the petioles and leaves thathave collapsed. They seem water-soaked, not dried out. I’ll try to bring in samples this week. it is now three trees, whichmeans I might just get those three Littleleaf Lindens I’ve been wanting…

  3. 11 months ago

    Interesting? Dennis

  4. 11 months ago

    The arborist company did deep root feeding on all the trees and shrubs on our property in March. Everything else looks spectacular, but these three trees, which have never been fed, have just collapsed. I am grabbing at straws trying to figure how this happened to ours, but not to any of the others that line our street.

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