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14/07/2013 at 10:34

Hey All,

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.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27426.jpg?width=601&height=350&mode=max

 Thanx!! x

14/07/2013 at 10:55

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27427.jpg?width=250&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27428.jpg?width=250&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27430.jpg?width=250&height=350&mode=max

 

14/07/2013 at 13:37

The white stuff is woolly aphid.  There was a recent discussion here:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/help---fungus-or-mould-on-apple-tree/85171.html

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:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=769

 

 

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