Wild Apple Trees Dying From Bottom Up
We have dozens of "wild" apple trees growing on our land. The land was settled just after the civil war and we presume many of the apple trees we've been fencing and pruning over the last 60 years are progeny of the early orchards. Four to five years ago, the lower branches started turning brown in early summer, leaves falling off, apple production way down. This has spread to nearly all trees, young and old, some turning brown and losing leaves all the way to the crown. I've read of Rapid Apple Decline, but that is usually discussed in the context of grafted trees. Our's have been extremely durable, naturally selected producers...until now. Any insight on the cause or solution will be greatly valued.
Sullivan County Pennsylvania