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Tree problems (leaf and bark)

PostPosted: 23 Jul 2008 14:11
by duncanmalcolm
We have a 25 foot tree in our garden (we've only been there since sept 2007) and recently the leaves have developed a black/brown blemish - withered blotches which almost look burnt.

Also the bark appears to be worn and is flaking to reveal the young wood underneath.
here are some pictures (i couldn't work out how to upload directly)

any idea of what it may be and what type of tree it is would be great. We are quite worried.


PostPosted: 23 Jul 2008 20:25
by gardening_guru
Hello Duncan,

Firstly, I think the tree is Eribotrya japonica ... .php?id=63

Eribotrya is in the family Rosaceae which sets alarm bells ringing with me. Plants in the family Rosaceae are particualrly susceptible to bacterial disease called Fireblight which usually results in the death of the affected plant.
If I were you I think I would get a second opinion. Consider contacting the Royal Horticultural Society. Ask them if you become a member, would that allow you to send some affected plant material for one of their scientists to identify. I think they might offer such a service to their members.

PostPosted: 24 Jul 2008 09:06
by duncanmalcolm
Thank you GG,

Though, that's a big worry!

I've e-mailed the RHS - is there any other drop in centers or tree specialists who i might visit? or anyone who does a call out service?



PostPosted: 26 Jul 2008 12:53
by gardening_guru
Hello again,

You could also try contacting the Royal Gardens at Kew and see if one of there scientists would identify it for you by means of examination of your photographs.