Apples haven't lost their leaves yet.

silent88December 30, 2012

So it's almost January and my apple trees haven't lost their leaves. My anna apple tree's leaves are yellowing and I believe it is because it is beginning to lose them, but my Fuji apple has shown no signs of any change (In fact, it's kinda looked the exact same for the last 6 months... no growth past July pretty much). Last year Anna lost hardly any of her leaves.

What should I do about this? What about pruning?

Thanks!

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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I have had the same problem with my Pink Lady, but for me it's more dire as a good snow storm will wipe out the branches. I ended up stripping the leaves off by holding the top of each branch with one hand and running the other hand down the branch. I found that a loose hold will break off the leaves but hopefully not the buds. Even a 4-year-old tree took a while to strip. I don't recall having this problem before. The leaves were still fairly green and I am quite puzzled about this. We've been down to 10F and the leaves looked "evergreen".

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:33PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Very common for us here in S. California, silent. Most of us don't do anything. If you spray with copper, then the leaves will fry and drop. Otherwise, come spring with the new flush, the old leaves will drop on their own. This is very common in our low chill areas with lower chill apple trees. My Fuji's and Pink Lady are doing the same thing, and my Anna hasn't even dropped its leaves, yet. My Spice-Zee nectaplum also has its leaves, still, as with several other of my stone fruits.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:41PM
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silent88

Milehighgirl - I did that with my fuji last winter but that was after it had lost about half its leaves and then stopped losing the with a small bout of warmer weather. Is it really okay to just take them all off??

Hoosierquilt - How do you prune yours? Do you just prune them with the leaves on? And do you recommend a copper spray?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:56PM
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applenut_gw

You'll want to strip the Anna by hand and spray dormant oil before it blossoms in mid-January. The others can wait until spring, but the dormant oil helps keep things tidy.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 8:17PM
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steve_in_los_osos

Even here on the Central Coast with an unusual string of very cold nights I had to strip my little peach and plum trees which looked like it was Spring. I stripped apples and cherries already. Like Applenut says, it makes spraying and general hygiene much easier--especially important for a damp climate like mine. Also easier to see what you're doing when pruning.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 9:35PM
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silent88

Really just take all the leaves off? :0 okay.. :0

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:57AM
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applenut_gw

Yes; manual leaf-stripping is standard operating proceedure for apple trees in the tropics.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 3:38PM
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