Fireblight?

Michael Glynn asked 6 years ago

A young pear try that I purchased in Spring and planted up immediately always had droopy foliage. I assumed that was a varietal habit. However, in recent days it has developed black and brown marks on the foliage and the droop has become more prounced. I am concerned it might be fireblight as it is planted among 25 more apple, pear, plum and cherry trees. Is my diagnosis correct (see attached photo)? Will it spread? Shoud I remove the tree and burn it? The variety is William Bon Chretrien.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
There is fire blight in the country but it is not all that common. It usually only affects one or two twigs initially and it is not highly infective in Irish conditions..

It could be a root rot disease in the root ball that never allowed it to leaf out fully, and has got worse.

It’s a relatively new plant and the garden centre might take a view on it.

It is unlikely to survive, 

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