The Q&A Archives: Bradford Pear Trees

Question: I have three bradfor pear trees in my yard. Some of the leaves have started to turn black. I thought I was watering enough, What is the reason for this.

Answer: The symptoms you describe may be due to environmental conditions, or they could indicate a disese called Fire Blight, caused by a bacterium called Erwinia. If the leaves turn brown-black and hang on the tree, you may want to prune the affected leaves, twigs and branches off the tree to prevent the spread of the disease. You might also take a sample of the problem to your local Cooperative Extension office for a positive identification. The University of Georgia/Floyd County Cooperative Extension, 12 East Fourth Ave., Rome, GA 30161

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