Honeycrisp apple scion stolen from trees!

perennialfan273(zone 5)April 6, 2014


This has been a tough winter, but fortunately my apple trees were not damaged in this harsh weather...until now that is.

My mother was pruning a crabapple tree (in the middle of the two apple trees) and she noticed the buds on the lower branches had been cut off. I can't believe that people would stoop so low and do something like this. I guess my neighborhood isn't as kind and friendly as I thought it was.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Are you sure it wasn't deer, rabbits, or some other four legged critter?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 8:52PM
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perennialfan273(zone 5)

I'm pretty sure. These are very clean cuts. I find it highly unlikely that animals make cuts like this.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 8:54PM
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I would suspect deer they make a cut like that. Deer usually leave a slight angle to the branch they bite off.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 9:33PM
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I've noticed squirrels also tip prune trees, usually on the upper branches, though. In fact, imo squirrels are probably a major reason trees have such nice bushy canopies.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 9:39PM
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Yes deer will make a bunch of clean cuts usually up to about five foot. They can also make some that are not. once all the trees are pruned they will stand up and go higher. They will only do that if there isn't food elsewhere. They wont work any harder than they have to.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 9:49PM
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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

It probably wasn't a person- they would have taken off the water sprouts high in the tree, rather than the low buds.

I've got the same problem on several trees, except none are over about 2 feet high. My guess would be rabbits, as I found the poop in the area. Earlier today, my father saw the sharp, clean angled cuts and said it looks just like what the deer did to him, except his damage extends up about 4+ feet and is far more severe.

My damage wasn't so bad- they just thinned out the spurs a bit, so I won't need to thin the blossoms as much.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 9:50PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Picture always helps.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 10:41PM
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Another vote for rabbits.

I thought the same thing a few years back when many blackberry canes were cut near the ground ... not vandalism, however.

Rabbits make a perfectly clean, 45 degree cut. Every small branch within 2' of the ground around here is cut cleanly by those critters after this winter.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 2:34PM
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yeah, sounds like rabbits, and if humans, better that they steal those and make their own rather than steal your fruits later on. :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 2:46PM
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