Amelanchier canadensis...bad case of rust?

Asked June 10, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

My Serviceberry has a bad case of rust. Or, is it more than that? Can I treat it? This tree is 4 years old. The 1st 3 years it produced berries that the birds fought over. Last year the rust was mild (that year my neighbor planted a rusted' plant within 200' of this one) but this year it is very bad and the lower leaves are affected as well. Can I save this tree? It is in partial shade, medium wet soil and otherwise looks fine (trunk and new growth). Thank you.

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1 Response

Yes, that's rust. It will not kill the tree. It will have good years and bad years, but it still has wildlife and ornamental value, fortunately.