Leaves/branches of pear tree dying

Asked July 16, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

I have a pear tree (sorry, not sure what kind, but it produces large, yellow, traditional pear shaped fruit) in my backyard. Last year, a few of the leaves turned black and over the winter, those branches clearly died. I removed what I could. I sprayed my trees with a fruit pesticide spray (not sure what kind) over the winter and twice so far since they leafed out. Now this year, the same thing is happening. Certain branches seemed to get infected with something and are turning black. Doesn't seem to have bugs on them. Maybe a fungus? Suggestions?

Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

From your pictures and description, it is possible your Pear tree has Fire Blight, a bacteria. I am including 2 links to information that may help manage the disease.
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/02907.html
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/02800.html

Thank you.