I planted a 2 in 1 Stark "golden-red delicious" tree last year. It did well
until this spring. The leaves are turning brown and curling. I can not
find and insects or "nibbling" damage. The few blossoms that it had this
year quickly turned brown and died. At first it was only on 3 small
branches and so I removed them... disinfecting between cuts... and burned
them. Now I think only the longest branches are not being affected... and
I fear they soon will be. I have looked on-line for an image that matches
what I see but I haven't had any luck. Any ideas would be grateful.
I think KW may be correct about this being Fireblight. This disease can wipe
an entire orchard, so I would get rid of this tree if you think that selective
would not do the job.
I have never had luck with these 'combination' trees, but I can't think of any
why they shouldn't work. I don't like doing business with Starks, mainly
they mass produce these trees and you don't know details like what root stock
were planted on. This tree could have been infected with Fireblight when Starks
sent it to you. Try a different nursery like Raintree in California, who are
selective about what they sell (I don't work for them).
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