Help with Apple Leaf Disease

Mike650May 14, 2014

Hi Gardenweb Community,

I'm hoping to get some help on identifying this issue with my Fuji apple tree. I purchased it recently from Home Depot and the leaves already had this issue. In addition to the brown spots, the leaves overall are somewhat harder and brittle than normal. Is this apple scab?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
-Mike

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don555(3a)

I don't think that is apple scab. More likely physical damage from the trees getting banged around during trucking, unloading, etc.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 7:34PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

If not mechanical damage during shipping, perhaps hail damage.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 12:11AM
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Mike650

Thanks Don & Jean, your feedback is encouraging. There's some new leaves coming out now so I'll keep a close eye on those.
-Mike

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 1:27AM
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ConwayOrchard(7)

Hey Mike-

I wonder if this tree was sprayed by the nursery before it was sent to Home Depot. It almost looks like a spray treatment could have burnt the leave.

Not that I have done that before :) Let us know how the new leaves come in.

Chris

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 6:22PM
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Mike650

Thanks for the info Chris. Fortunately the new growth is coming in pretty clean, so I'm hoping the damage on the old growth was indeed just due to mechanical damage or spray. Will continue to keep a close eye on it!
-Mike

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 12:44AM
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greendumb

Big box trees get banged around so much and are lucky to get average maintenance before they are sold.
I have seen lots of nursery trees were the leaves look like that before they are sold.
The new growth will tell you more about it down the road.
The new growth looks good and it will probably be ok.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 8:30AM
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