Asked on Jun 4, 2013

My apricot tree has been hit with some sort of blight

Lisa SPatricia MartinLinda Weeks


I noticed that the branches closet to our walkway were looking a little withered. I thought someone might have brushed too hard against them or something, but wasn't too worried. Two days later, the branches were dying and the blight started spreading. :( Help! This is a dwarf apricot tree I planted 2 years ago.
Dying branches on apricot tree
Close up of dying branch
Bad limb in front, healthy behind
12 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 5, 2013

    Do you see any signs of cankers on your trees, Callen? It's possible your apricots have "limb dieback," which is caused by a fungus. If so, you need to get a pro in to take a look at them.

  • Caley's Culinaries
    on Jun 5, 2013

    Call your agricultural extension agent ASAP. They will probably come out and take a look for free. You will still have to pay for tests and treatment, but it's a place to start. There is not a fast internet solution to this one, but it's probably fixable.

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jun 5, 2013

    I'm with Douglas! You probably are going to have to cut it down.

  • Calien Laure
    on Jun 5, 2013

    Is this going to spread to my other fruit trees? And do I have to take the whole thing down or just the bad limbs?

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jun 5, 2013

    What does the trunk look like? I'm not sure but I think it will get to the other trees. What do you think Douglas and Caley?? Its nothing you did, its a bacteria that gets in a crack or wound during the winter.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 6, 2013

    I think this is a job for a tree specialist. You can find an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist by Zip Code here:

  • Gretchen
    on Jun 6, 2013

    It might be faster to cut off a bad limb and take it into your County Extension office. They will have you fill out a form and an agent will look at it carefully (or send it to a lab for tests) and they will get back to you with recommendations. Your extension office generally performs these tests for free - especially if you take the sample to them.

  • Catherine Smith
    on Aug 17, 2013

    Agree with Gretchen, but see if your extension agent will come out and have a look. What does the trunk and bottom of the tree look like? I don't think this is canker, but it does look like some type of fungal infection, at least from what I can see.

  • Lori
    on Nov 5, 2013

    Might be fire Blight

  • Linda Weeks
    on Feb 9, 2014

    noticed you mentioned that it was near the driveway - any possibility that salt spread on the driveway has gone to the plant and damaged the root system? We have had so much snow this year!

  • Patricia Martin
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Looks like fire blight. I lost a pear tree to this. No known cure that I know of. Can cut out the infected limbs but must sterilize your clippers in between cuts or else you will spread it.

  • Lisa S
    on May 23, 2014

    we had some trees that did that last year but this year they are good

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