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01/09/2015 at 09:53

I'm having similar problems with my two rowans that have been there since the house was built about 50 years ago.

This year there are hardly any leaves or berries, the leaves are spotted brown and the bark is splitting away from the trunk.  

From what I've read here, it sounds like a combination of fire blight and leaf spot - is that possible?

01/09/2015 at 10:17

Hi Allybee

It sounds as if your rowans are coming to the end of their life.  They're not long-lived trees http://treesforlife.org.uk/forest/species-profiles/rowan/

01/09/2015 at 12:57

Thanks Dovefromabove. 

A local tree surgeon has just had a look at them and confirmed what you've said.  They're both goners.  The trunks are enormous (apparently the widest he's ever seen) and it's not possible to get stump grinders into our garden so I can't have them dug out to plant new trees in their place.

Feeling very sad and a bit guilty for cursing them for dropping their berries on my garden furniture every year.

01/09/2015 at 13:01

 Could you get one of these portable stump grinders into the garden?

The dimensions are given http://www.hss.com/hire/p/portable-stump-chipper

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