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JessieRivers
Sep 29, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Hello,

I'm wanting to find out what's wrong with an apple tree please?

A while back there was some black fungus growing out of the ground beneath it, it's not there anymore and may or may not have anything to do with the health of the tree?

A year ago one limb was cut off as it had died. Now two more substantial limbs have died off. The rest of the crown still looks full and healthy, did it just not need those branches or is something up?

The fruit is still as good and plentiful as it's always been. The leaves have some spots on them, is this common, what is it, is there anything I can do?

Thank you so much for reading this, if someone is a bee to diagnose if there is something up with the tree, this would be most helpful!

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porkpal
Sep 29, 2017 6:00 PM CST
For the most part, your tree looks quite healthy. I think it is common for older fruit trees to lose branches occasionally. I am no authority so let's hope someone more knowledgeable comes along soon.
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Paul2032
Sep 29, 2017 6:22 PM CST
No expert here but may be Fire Blight...........
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 30, 2017 7:01 PM CST
I think the leaf spotting is a fairly common thing in cool, damp weather such as you'd have in the UK. My dad grew several types of apples in Vancouver, British Columbia and I do recall he used to grumble about the spotty leaves.

The only thing you might think about doing is thinning the canopy of the tree somewhat to enhance air flow around the leaves, and also stimulate new growth. Good air flow helps the leaves to dry out after rain, so that fungus has less chance to grow and spread amongst the foliage. Proper pruning just enhances the tree's general health as well.

For an old tree like that one, you may want to employ an experienced arborist to do this for you, and it would be done during the dormant period in winter or early spring, I believe.
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crawgarden
Sep 30, 2017 7:17 PM CST
Maybe Apple Scab https://www.extension.umn.edu/...
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DaisyI
Sep 30, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Can you take a closer photo of the trunk just below where the branches died?
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JessieRivers
Oct 1, 2017 4:42 PM CST
Thank you guys so much for your help! Here's a closer look, there's nothing weeping, its just got dead limbs!?

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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 5:38 PM CST
My concern is that fissure that's going up the left side of the tree. Can you take a head on shot of that?
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Leftwood
Oct 1, 2017 7:30 PM CST
If this is the fissure you're talking about, that branch is already dead. No need to be concerned.

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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 8:05 PM CST
Lower.
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Leftwood
Oct 2, 2017 6:12 AM CST
Oh yes, that lower left fissure.....

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