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My pear trees bear black leaves and branches, both of them as a result of heavy pruning I am told This year I had so many peaches that one limb broke. My fault as I forgot to thin them our when they first appeared. Now I have cut off so many limbs that I am wondering if I have 4 fruit trees that will grow black leaves and branches. Tell me what to do. I will post their pics.
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  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Aug 04, 2012
    My pear trees bear black leaves and branches, both of them - as a result of heavy pruning I am told. This year I had so many peaches that one limb broke. My fault as I forgot to thin them out when they first appeared. Now I have cut off so many limbs that I am wondering if I have 4 fruit trees that will grow black leaves and branches. Tell me what to do. I will post their pics.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 04, 2012
    Nancy, I cannot imagine that the problem on your trees is because of pruning. But post the photos and we'll take a look.

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Aug 04, 2012
    Can you see the pics Douglas? Cutting off the equally large limb, which is now a stub looking straight at us on the first tree, has made the tree straight but with only two branches that are too high. The pear tree reaches the sky. Do I need a professional and if so where do I find one?

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Aug 04, 2012
    And what do they charge?

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 04, 2012
    I can't see the black on the trees, Nancy. The branch on the pear should have been cut closer to the tree. If you have a number of fruit trees with issues and seriously want to get edible fruit from them, I think it would be worth the expense to have a professional come out and look at them. You can find an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist by Zip Code at this link: http://www.isa-arbor.com/faca/findArborist.aspx

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Aug 05, 2012
    Thank you Douglas. I took a class in horticulture but that was not the class I needed. I wanted a class to teach me about fertilization, diseases and cures, and different classifications of plants. I will cut that limb closer meanwhile but not flush I am told. I will try that link now.

  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Aug 05, 2012
    The pattern on the pear looks like fire blight....best controlled by pruning out the affected branches. Here are some notes on peach care http://www.aces.edu/dept/extcomm/specialty/treemaintenance.html

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Aug 09, 2012
    Thank you guys. If they look healthy again I will post.

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Apr 17, 2013
    I hired an Arborist Douglas Hunt and he said to take the pear trees down. I learned a lot from him about pruning and such. Thank you.

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Apr 17, 2013
    Thank you Walter Reeves. I have learned what you were telling me.