Ask a Question forum→Pear tree question (possible cytospora infection need confirmation)

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Gardnerville, NV
MrGreenEyes
May 10, 2020 1:11 PM CST
I have a couple pear trees that appear to have some sort of infection in their bark. I believe it to cytospora as I had a couple peach trees in close proximity that had something that presented with similar symptoms that I have since removed. It shows as dry bark that appears black and gray, cracks and pulls away from the cambium layer. The trees seem healthy other than the bark and produce fruit every year. I just wanted some confirmation and any solutions other than completely removing the trees if possible.
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Thanks in advance.
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oneeyeluke
May 12, 2020 4:33 AM CST
A good way to help your situation is to top dress a couple of inches of well composted compost around the base of the tree every year. You can extend the compost 2 or 3 ft around the base of the tree, keeping it off the trunk. I have a pear tree just like the one you have above and it was sick for a long while. My Dad planted it and so I didn't want to cut it down. I put compost around the base of the tree every year for a few years and this year my pear tree is fairing well. Everyone said, "it couldn't be saved" and I should remove it, but I didn't, and now I'm glad. I keep all the dead wood cut off and don't allow any limbs to rub. Good luck.
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