Pear tree with a leafless leader
I hope you can help me in my tree-owning ignorance. I recently (December) bought an old farm house with a beautiful, large (25 foot+) pear tree. I'm quite concerned that what appears to be the central leader is leafless as are the smaller branches that stem from it. All other branches (roughly 75% of the tree) are bearing leaves and many lower ones are showing the beginnings of fruit buds. I'd hate to lose the tree in the long run. Would you recommend I consult a tree surgeon? What could be causing this? I'm hoping it's not a sign of progressive disease. I appreciate your time/help. Go State!
Centre County Pennsylvania
You can get an opinion from a licensed arborist. To find one nearby, you can use the zip code locator on the website of the International Society of Arboriculture. Here is a link to their website.