Black Bark on Purple Plum Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Rockwell City, IA
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Question by hannah_monta
August 21, 2006
I lost a purple plum this spring, the leaves shriveled and the bark turned very black and separated. I took the tree out but now I have an ornamental pear that is starting to exhibit the same symptoms. Is there anything I can do to save this tree that we love!

Answer from NGA
August 21, 2006
Ornamental plum and pear trees are both susceptible to fungal diseases, but it's hard to diagnose a plant problem without actually seeing it. If your ornamental pear tree has no other symptoms (poor growth, curling leaves, etc.) you may have to take a photo of the problem and take it to your local garden center for identification. Hope the news is good!

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