ASK DIARMUID

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEW HOMES -

QI have a lovely Malus Pro­fu­sion ap­ple tree, bought for a Mother’s Day about 35 years ago. Ev­ery year at this time it sheds hun­dreds of in­ner leaves. The out­side ones are fine. Some shed leaves have a pur­ple vel­vety mark on them.

What’s wrong with it?

You may also have no­ticed some black scabs on the fruit.

As your tree is or­na­men­tal, and pre­sum­ably you don’t in­tend to har­vest and eat the fruit, you could try a fungi­cide – how­ever it’s hard to spray an en­tire tree and it will pro­vide lim­ited con­trol. Your best bet is to re­move and de­stroy fallen in­fected leaves and fruit from the ground which will re­duce the amount of fun­gal spores that over­win­ter.

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