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Anna Apple tree - lost cause?

Posted by L_in_FL 8B, NW FL (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 30, 12 at 11:55

My Anna started to leaf out and bloom as expected this spring, but then the center of the tree died out. The branches closest to the center were growing weakly and starting to drop their foliage, too. However, growth from the lowest limb looked strong and healthy. Inspecting further, I found a large lesion that looked like fireblight on the main trunk, just above the lowest limb. Fearing that the disease would spread to my other trees, last weekend I had my DH cut the trunk about 12" below the lesion (and we immediately removed the cuttings from the yard). formerly 8' tall, multi-branched Anna tree is now 2.5' tall with no branches or foliage whatsoever. The trunk is about 3.5" in diameter at the top. Assuming we succeeded in cutting out all of the disease, what are the odds that the tree will sprout new branches and (eventually) recover? How long should I wait to see new growth before just removing the tree?

By the way, this is a grafted tree, so suckers from the rootstock won't be of the Anna variety; I need new branches to form on the trunk above the graft.

If the tree is not likely to ever recover, I'd rather dig the rest of the tree out now so I don't have that sad-looking stump out there all year.

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RE: Anna Apple tree - lost cause?

I don't know the answer to your question, but my Dorset Golden died too. It still had some leaves growing near the bottom, but I just took it out. I have two Annas and they are doing ok. One of the Annas has some dark smudges on the trunk, but it hasn't seemed to bother the leaves at all yet.

RE: Anna Apple tree - lost cause?

Thanks for answering. I guess I should give it a month or two to see if it makes any shoots. It's kind of late for planting a new tree this year, so I won't really lose anything by waiting. It's just depressing to see the ruins of what used to be a productive tree. Whether that tree recovers or I replace it next year, I am not going to have a substantial crop of Anna apples for a while.

At least my other trees seem healthy!

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