The Q&A Archives: Bugs on Fruit Tree ?

Question: Sometime at the end of spring when my wild fruit tree (haven't identified it yet) just finished blooming, within a few days, the leaves on the tree were covered with lots of red spots with black dots inside (they looked like they were burned) and then they fell off. We sprayed the tree with Scotts Bug Spray, however, it was too late. It's August now. There are very few leaves left on the tree. The fruits, however, started appearing, and they look pretty good (red colored, resemble little cherry).

I have two questions:

1) Which bugs/insects/etc. caused such a damage to this beautiful tree and how to prevent such a thing from happening again ?

2) Will the tree survive ? Will it bloom and have leaves next season ?

Look forward to your answer,

Thanks a lot !

Answer: Based on your description, it sounds like a disease attacked your tree rather than an insect. Fruit trees are subject to many foliar problems -- both disease and insect related. I think your best bet would be take a sample to your County Extension for a positive identification of both the tree and the problem at hand. They will also be able to suggest control measures, if any, that you can try now. Your local number is 454-0900.

Unfortunately, many of the fruit tree problems we encounter need to be treated beginning as early as late winter in order for the treatments to be effective, and the most effective spray schedules depend on your specific area. Your County Extension should be able to help you with that, too.

Finally, be sure to remove and destroy any fallen tree debris (prunings, leaves, fruit) to try to prevent harboring any disease or insects over the winter. Good luck with your tree!

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