Apple tree with 5 kinds grafted is partially dead

Suzi AKA DesertDanceFebruary 24, 2013

We purchased property with some existing trees. The previous owner explained that the one at the end is a dwarf apple with 5 types grafted onto it.

She would be sad to know that one huge branch is dead. The other branches are blooming and leafing out. I know it's dead because I pruned it and found only dead wood. Nothing green.

If we cut that branch off, the entire tree with be lopsided. Not sure what to do. The area is ridden with gophers, and they could have eaten the roots that go to that particular branch. Not sure why it's dead, but it is!!

Should we chop off that branch, or just leave it on the tree?

Thanks!
Suzi

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Suzi:

Chop it off and try training some of the other limbs into that area. Anything flexible can be tied in that direction. In a few years you can fill in the open area. It's also possible that a sprout will push in that direction. If it's from a scion train it to fill in. If it's from the rootstock that everything was grafted to, it can be grafted back to something you like.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:54AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

double post

This post was edited by konrad___far_north on Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 12:04

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:55AM
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applenut_gw

Dead wood is always to be pruned off, as it is a pathway for rot and insects. Borers are probably the culprit, look for sawdust under the bark where they have tunneled and girdled the branch.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:56AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Just cut it off, eventually it will fill in with the four remaining or it will push out new branch from root stock which you can graft again or leave it alone for a pollen source/ornamental or cut it off.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:00PM
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