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Plant ID

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 07:24

I think it's Campanula persicifolia, Peach Leaved Bellflower. Not completely sure though.


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:08

I actually don't think it's in your soil. This bacterial disease is transmitted by rain, wind, birds and insects so "it's in the air", and can infect trees even through the stomata. We've had some very wet seasons and so, unfortunately the circumstances have been ideal for the disease to spread that quickly.

Please, do contact a tree specialist if you can or look for a knowledgeable fruit tree grower. They will be able to tell you if your trees can be saved and what precautions to take now and in the future. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:04

The best thing to do would be to contact a good tree surgeon so he/she can establish how many of the trees are infected, but they can be expensive. You can look for a local tree specialist at www.

Normally the infected bits are pruned and the prunings will be have to be removed from the site or burnt. Pruning tools should be desinfected immediately afterwards.

I wouldn't take the Pyracantha out just yet; I have one myself that shows all the symptoms every year but only in spring. During summer it normally picks up again. Roses and Ash are generally not infected. The Cotoneasters we have in our garden also have symptoms: there are a number of twigs that die back but that seems controlable by cutting them out as soon as I notice them. It's the fruit trees that are most often infected. I know that I would be inclined to remove the apple tree because of the large cankers on the trunk base.

I really wish I had some better news. It's so sad to loose established trees. Good luck Lulubella!

dying tree

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:22

Would it be possible to upload clear photos of the bark and infected branches?


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:13

Both trees are members of the Rosaceae family and are prone to fireblight. Your description of the symptoms certainly sounds as if this disease could be the reason why you're loosing the trees. You can read more about it here:

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:06

Sorry Hogroast, late again. Hope I'm not too late. Does the sap smell sour, like vinegar? Is there an orange discoloration in the bark? In that case bacterial cancer is most likely, which fidgetbones suggested above. Infected areas under bark or branches are usually sunken and oozing sap. Google for photos to get an impression of cancer spots, so you know what to look for.

No worries about the photos, I can't place them at all so you're doing a lot better in that part!





Help needed identifying plants!

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:16

The second one is Elaeagnus x ebbengei. I think Lilylouise is right by saying it's Ph. opulifolius 'Darts gold'.

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 15:44

Sorry for not replying earlier Hogroast2. Have been very busy weeding and pruning these past few days. Unfortunately I can't enlarge the photos and they are too small for me to be able to recognise any diseases. However, I'd certainly advise you to prune that left fork away and now would be the best time to do it. Make sure to disinfect your saw after pruning and burn the prunings, otherwise the disease might spread. 

I have to mention that, sadly there is a possibility that your apricot tree could die as they do not like to be pruned hard. It might therefore be a good idea to prune only the small shoot and ask what is wrong with it at a fruit tree nursery.

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:06

Would you be able to post a photo of the tree?

Fork Handles

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 15:26

One nursery I used to work for had been founded by the Granddad, SIL took over and now Grandson is working there as well. Daughter was doing the paperwork. Lots and lots of quarreling and Granddad used to stay away for days if something bothered him. NOT nice to work with, but very knowledgable chap.

We now have 1'' of snow and it's not melting away today...oh well, let's get cookin'

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