Ask a Question forum: Pear tree has leaves turning black and I have no idea what the problem is!

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Lynchburg, VA
scicli_b
Jul 22, 2017 8:54 AM CST
The leaves of the tree have started turning black since anywhere from 3-1 weeks ago, as we went to the beach for two weeks and only once we got back did i notice the leaves doing this. They're turning a dark black, but not falling off and the stem of the leaves remain green, and then 3-4 days later the leave dies and falls off which I've been picking up and throwing in the trash. I've also been clearing off black leaves, but my fear is this is fire blight but it's only started doing this, and not since blooming. As well only the leaves are doing this and the tree wood isn't looking scorched. We do have problems with Japanese beetles but we've gotten rid of about 90% of them from all of our trees using Sevin. Does anyone have any idea what the problem is? I've added some pictures of the tree and of the leaves.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 22, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Fire blight is what I suspect.
Porkpal
Lynchburg, VA
scicli_b
Jul 22, 2017 5:10 PM CST
porkpal, there are leaves turning black on just about every major offshoot of the tree. Easily to get the recommended 8-10 inches away, I'd have to cut off close to 90% of the leaves. Do you think the tree will survive that?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Jul 22, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Probably it would, but that is not what I think of as a typical fire blight infection. What I have experienced has been entire branches blackening not the occasional leaf here and there throughout the tree. Do you have an ag. extension service in your county that you could consult?
Porkpal
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 22, 2017 7:04 PM CST
How did the trunk get damaged?
Lynchburg, VA
scicli_b
Jul 22, 2017 7:12 PM CST
I'm not sure, it's been a long time since it was damaged though. My best bet would be our old dog had to be chained up one time and wrapped his chain around the tree and scrapped it pretty bad when it was about 1-2 years old.
Lynchburg, VA
scicli_b
Jul 22, 2017 7:18 PM CST
Also porkpal I agree, it doesn't seem like a typical case, especially since we didn't experience any blossom blight during the spring, and that the tree is just starting to show signs in July.

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