Pear tree - red splotchy, curled leaves

Asked April 29, 2017, 11:57 AM EDT

Our 5 year old pear tree has not done well. In her third year she produced two pears. Now it is beautiful and full of blossoms, looks healthy, but many of the leaves red blotches (not orange) and are curled. What can we do to help her...what is causing this? Our thanks, Terri and Keith

Onondaga County New York pear trees pear diseases

1 Response

The leaf curling and red blotches on your pear's leaves could be caused by the Pear Leaf Blister Mite, which creates red blisters on the leaves and early leaf fall. Fruits may also be blistered.

Below are links to information sheets on the mite and how to manage trees infected with it:

http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit/insects-mites/factsheets/pear-blister-mite-and-pear-rust-mite

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/r603400511.html

http://jenny.tfrec.wsu.edu/opm/displaySpecies.php?pn=330