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Branch on Apple Tree discoloured?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 12:43

^^ I'll have a look out for younger shoots and report back!

Branch on Apple Tree discoloured?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 12:08

I probably wouldn't have worried too much, but in this pic below it's the darkened, sunken bark which looks suspicious (that is mentioned in canker).  Again, I've no idea if this might be the graft on the tree.  The tree (3rd year since planting) has grown so much this year I've lost track of it's original shape, size and details!

 You can just about make out what looks like white specs on the lower part of that 'sunken' section of branch. However, there hasn't been any sap/ooze at all.

I'll take another pic later and post it - I'm not convinced there's any crook like appearance, but I've never really seen it on context with tree branches.

Many thanks!


Branch on Apple Tree discoloured?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 11:48

Hi - yes they are falling off.  The remaining leaves (all pretty much reddened) look utterly wilted but oddly, the twigs/spur branches on this branch look healthy and new buds are appearing.  Something else - new tiny leaves are growing (as they are on the other 'healthy' branches of the tree), but these are red, whilst the new leaves on the other branches are green.  Whether this indicates a disease or confirms the branch is grafted from different stock I don't know!  Even if it's grafted and removing it might cause the tree to not produce fruit, it's directly next to another apple tree (Bramley) amongst many other plants should pollinate...?!

One small twig (spurred off from the section which looks either 'grafted' or 'cankerous' was dead wood however.  Only a small twig though.

No crook like twigs at the moment Buddyboy.

Branch on Apple Tree discoloured?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 11:14

I've added a few more pics below - not sure if they will help.  

It's a bit bewildering - although the leaves have reddened and are falling off, there are new tiny buds appearing (as on the 'healthier' looking branches).   As I mentioned above, my only worry about lopping this branch off is that it might be the branch that was grafted on in order for the tree to produce fruit (that may be wildly off the mark however).

On the pics it's the branch on the right (forked at the top).  It's one of the lower branches, although this year the tree has grown in staggering proportions:

Immediately after that indented mark (the bit I think might be the graft...or the start of the canker) the leaves have wilted, reddened and started to fall off:

You can see below how the branch looks wilted compared to the rest of the tree:


Branch on Apple Tree discoloured?

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 20:34

It's only affecting one branch which is approximately  4 feet from the base.

The link sounds like similar symptoms, but this isn't affecting the base. Part of the branch looks like it was 'shaved' some time ago, then recovered (as in the pic) hence thinking it might be a graft? But if this was removed wouldn't it affect fruit formation?

Not sure whether to just hedge my bets and cut the branch off? I'll post another picture tomorrow which might help?

Many thanks.

Acer Aureum Growing too fast?!

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 11:38

Hi all.

My mother bought us an acer aureum last year in a small pot.  It did well over last summer, but this summer, it's pretty exploded with growth. 

Not normally a bad thing, but I have concerns that it has been too rapid (pretty sure I read something about acres that grow too quick being prone to disease etc) and also it's growing an odd shape.

I eventually want it to grow as a kind of 'mushroom' shaped tree, so will prune a few lower branches in the winter.  However, as you can see from the pictures, the branches have shot off in all directions, but in a pointed, spindly fashion rather than dense and bushy.

The other issue is that to the left of it, there is a sambucas (black beauty) plant (another gift in a small pot from my mother) growing extremely rapidly next to it (I prune this right down each winter). The loss (or movement to another part of the garden) isn't an issue with the sambucas (a plant I considered more akin to a weed...but it's somehow won me over!) so do you think (in the winter) I should move the sambucas and shift the acer over so it has more space to breath (and grow)?

I can only think the reason the acer has grown that way is the branches are shooting out for light (taken up a little by the black sambucas)?

Many thanks.


Branch on Apple Tree discoloured?

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 11:27

Hi all.  I've noticed a branch on one of my apple trees (I have two - one Bramley and this one...eating variety of which I've currently forgotten the name, but likely Cox) has started to turn a bit off colour, is reddening and the branch stem looks a little suspicious.

I wondered if the branch had become infected, but no other branches on the tree (and it's been like this a couple of weeks) are affected.

Might this be down to the branch being grafted in earlier years (this tree was planted over a year ago, but has grown pretty substantially)?

I don't really want to cut it back if it's merely a grafted branch that has 'turned' for Autumn earlier than the others.

Many thanks!

 The suspicious branch:

 The difference in colour between the leaves on the suspicious branch and the leaves on the rest of the tree.


Dying box hedge

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 23:38

A small percentage of mine have done this. As above, look after well and replace.

All my small, 9cm pot plants are now shaped into 'boxes' in less than two years.

Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 23:33

Would they still need misting/spraying when outside or should just leave them to it (sheltered spot)?

Sorry - what do you mean by 'revert'?

Many thanks!

Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:16

My second batch of cuttings seem to be doing a little better (one especially).  I read a few things recently and there does seem to be a little 'debate' as to whether you can successfully propagate acers (as most are indeed grafted). One or two conversations suggest even if successful the root system won't be that strong?

Anyway, I've added a pic of one of the Acer Aureum cuttings which has started to grow new leaves (after around 2 weeks in the pot - in a 'conservatory porch, under plastic bottles and sprayed several times a day).

Mabye this one is doing better as I cut it with larger leaves?

If you look at the pic, there are several new leaves growing in the centre (the two large leaves are the originals from the cutting). What do you think?  Are they on the way to being a successful cutting?  Shall I keep this one as it is for a few more weeks?

Many thanks.


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