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A little help please - I dont know if I should radically cut back or cut down our apple trees.
3 years ago I noticed that some of the smaller branches died-back after they had blossomed and put on leaf - they went brown and did not recover. I thought it might be drought but its happened every year since slowly taking more and more of the tree. I have now noticed our other tree has started to be affected.....
The branches seem to have 1-2inch patches of this white fairly fluffy fur and what looks like little clear balls of either water or maybe eggs?
Please help as I dont want to lose the trees or any others that are in the garden!
Image taken with macro - I have other images if you need to see more.
The white stuff is woolly aphid. There was a recent discussion here:
Also try typing "woolly aphid" into the search box at the top of the page for more advice. The tree probably also has canker which would explain the die-back.
RHS advice on apple tree problems here: