Fire blight?

Asked June 1, 2020, 10:20 AM EDT

The blossoms on my apple tree started to come out this year and then shriveled and died. This tree was highly productive in 2018 (when we moved in) and bore almost no fruit in 2019. It is also approximately 10 ft from another Apple tree (different variety). Should we cut it down to avoid the risk of spread? Is it a lost cause at this point? Thanks!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

If the wood is green under the bark it is still alive. Leaves are made the preceding fall so it is possible the tree died over the winter but still leafed out. It isn’t fire blight. A late frost could have killed the leaf buds and if so they can regrow. It does not look very promising but it is only June 2 Nd.