The Q&A Archives: asian pear tree

Question: our asian pear tree leaves some are brown and black at the ends of some of the leaves? Is there a cure? and is the fruit safe to eat?
What can I do to make it healty? what to use? Thank you for your help. Maria

Answer: Pear trees can develop scab disease just like apple trees. The best control is a preventative fungicide, in late winter and early spring, just as the leaves are emerging. The safest product is lime-sulfur (Bordeaux), sometimes marketed under the name "dormant spray". Since fungal spores can remain on tree limbs and branches it's important to thoroughly spray all parts of the tree. Follow the label directions and your tree should be scab-free next year. Be sure to rake fallen leaves and fruit from beneath the tree this fall so rain water doesn't splash the fungal spores back up onto the tree.

The fruit is okay to eat - just trim away any scabs or bad areas.

Good luck with your Asian pear tree!

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