Apple Tree branches are dying

Asked June 4, 2018, 2:26 PM EDT

Branches in my apple tree are dying at different areas of the tree. Please see attached pictures. What could be causing this and what measures should I take to prevent it?

Carroll County Maryland disease issues fire blight trees

2 Responses

It looks like your tree has symptoms of fire blight, a bacterial disease. Our wet weather this spring has been very favorable for this disease to develop.
See our website for photos, information, and management options. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/fireblight-trees
Infected branches should be pruned 8-12 inches below any visible symptoms. Don’t prune infected shoots back to a healthy branch. Leave a 4-5 inch stub that can be pruned off over the winter when the disease is dormant.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/ugly-stub-pruning-fire-blight

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Thank you for the response. I appreciate it and will follow the recommended pruning approach.