Apple Tree Leaf Damage

walshl99June 20, 2012

I've got about 5 young apple trees where the leaves have virtually been stripped off down to the stems by some unknown critter. No grasshoppers in the area, no worms that I can find at all. This happened very quickly, over a 2-3 day period, and I can't find any sign of what did it. Does anyone know what this is, and what I might do about it in the future?? I have more pictures if it would help.



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im figuring its about five feet off the ground. i do not know what kind of animals you have around there but to name a few would be deer, goats, cows, anything that is at least as tall as the tree.
we made a tree in our front yard deer resistance by putting up four inch yard fencing five feet tall.
took t post drove into ground and rapped the fencing around it.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 9:05AM
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I've seen deer eat a lot of things around here but I've never seen them eat the leaves and not the stems. They normally snip off about 6-8 inches, stem and all. No deer sign around the tree either. It may be deer, but it looks a lot more like some sort of insect to me.


    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 1:48PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Deer. Insects aren't that thorough.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 8:46PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

It looks like eaten by caterpillars, but then I don't think so when 5 trees had the same fate. You're right, deer damage looks different. I had a small mountain ash tree tender leaf stripped by birds.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 1:04AM
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A couple of years ago I had a doe who was bedding in my garden area which has a couple of apple trees. She would eat the leaves off the tree but not touch the stems or branches.

I agree, a bit unusual for deer damage, but it did happen once to me this way...

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 1:27PM
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I'm pretty sure our deer leave the petioles when they eat our apple leaves when I prune off a branch and leave it in the orchard.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 1:58AM
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