Apple tree

Vivien Reid asked 10 years ago

When pruning our apple tree today we noticed some branches on one side had twisted shoots – looked like a witch hazel tree! What would cause this? Is it a disease? It is more than 40 years old and is a keeper apple, not sure of the name but has upright growth and long high branches. We live in Shankill close ot the railway line and the sea.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Twisting of the branches on apple may have been caused by a virus most likely. Or possibly some pesticide years ago, or, least likely, a mutation in part of the tree.

If it is virus related, the tree is likely to crop poorly on that side, and may weaken further.