[NAFEX] apple trees unusual color

Richard J. Ossolinski osso at acadia.net
Sun Apr 24 08:03:40 EDT 2005

Richard, Naomi, et. al.,

Hi, Richard O. here.  Wish I could be of some help to you, but alas, my 
own trees suffer from myriad bark disorders, none of which has, as yet, 
been positively identified.  Most of the trees seem otherwise 
unaffected, however, and continue to produce respectable fruit.  Here's 
hoping your reddish-brown trees are nothing more than reddish-brown 

Gouldsboro, ME Zone 5

On Apr 23, 2005, at 2:11 PM, Naomi wrote:

> Interesting Question.  RichardO has been growing trees in Maine for a 
> good while.  Maybe he will answer.
> Naomi
> in tropical Idaho
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org 
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard MURPHY
> Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2005 10:47 AM
> To: nafex
> Subject: [NAFEX] apple trees unusual color
> Hello Clan;
> My name is Richard Murphy.
> Last spring I planted some apple trees in New Sharon, Maine, zone 4.
> This new orchard is in a hay field; lots of open space and sun, with 
> clayish loam.
> Last week I inspected the trees for the first time; (I live in 
> Massachusetts.)
> They all seem to have a reddish-brown color, the bark, that is.
> They all were in silver-tip, and under the outer bark is nice and 
> green.
> Is this wind damage? Sunscald? Typical for young trees?
> My trees here in zone 5 never did this.
> Are the Maine trees going to croak?
> Some trees had mouse damage (girdled), stupid ME for not using guards.
> Even the non-gridled trees are unusually reddish brown, but fine 
> (green & healthy) inside.
> H E L P ! ! !   Anyone?
> Thank you
> Richard
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