[nafex] Fire Blight (?)

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Tue May 3 10:47:27 EDT 2016


John,

I cannot remember the name of this disease, and my reference book is packed
away right now, but this looks like something that was affecting my apples
and pears after several wet cool summers in a row. I think it came in with
a new pear tree. From my memory, it's a fungal disease that affects apples
and pears only, and something I had never heard of before I got it, but I
looked it up in a disease book and was 95% sure I had the ID right. The
bark splits, there is brown discoloration, and it's kind of soft and moist.
Only cure I think was to cut it out well back of any affected spots, burn
it, and hope.

Sorry I can't remember the name! I found it in a book put out by the
extension here.

-Matt
SE MI, zone 5-6

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 9:03 PM, John Barbowski <jbarbowski at gmail.com> wrote:

> *I just removed a Cox's Orange Pippin. After a mild winter, to my surprise
> it didn't make it!*
>
>
> *Upon closer examination I noticed what appeared to be fire blight,
> something I've never had on any of my apples, only on an Asian pear that
> was removed 4 years ago.*
>
>
> *Two questions, is it fire blight? and if so is it possible to replant
> another apple in the same spot?*
>
>
> *I have attached 3 small Jpegs to aid the discussion. The 3rd pic shows
> some brown staining on the upper portion of the heartwood of the branches.*
> *john b*
>
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