1adult Bradford Pear tree dying!

Asked July 8, 2017, 12:24 AM EDT

I have a few Bradford Pear trees but 1 is thin and leaves look like fall has hit it's been this way right after spring went to summer. Want to know what it is and can I save it? Update in 2 days of rain the tree is looking even worse and leaves seems to be curling now.

Trigg County Kentucky

1 Response

Hi, It's hard to tell from the pictures, for sure what is going on. With tame pears, you always have a concern with fire blight, but if that is the case it will make the infected tips curl into what some folks call a shepherds crook. The second picture shows some leaf spots, but I don't think that is the real issue with your tree. a third option is that it is simply stress causing the color change and there really isn't a lot to be done about that. You can read an article on stresses and some of the problems that can cause at: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/anr/PDF/2009%20Callery%20Pear%20Problems.pdf . The stresses don't always have to be drought related, our weather patterns lately have been at best unpredictable, sometimes plants have a hard time dealing with that. If you'd like to send a few more pictures of the diseased parts I'll try to get you a better answer. We also can send a sample to the plant lab in Princeton if necessary to determine an exact cause. Give us a call at 270-522-3269 if you have any questions. We'll be glad to help any way we can. Thanks- Graham