Why Won’t My Fruit Trees Product Fruit?

Do you have apple, peach or other fruit trees that produce little or no fruit? The problem could be that your fruit trees are ill. There are tree diseases that can stunt the growth of fruit and cause other problems in your trees. The good news is that many of these diseases can be treated and you can improve the production of your fruit trees and their overall health.

Fruit Tree Diseases

There are several viruses, fungi and bacteria that can affect fruit trees, causing reduced fruit production. For example, the tomato ringspot virus can attack peach trees, as well as plum and nectarines, anything with a pitted fruit. This disease can not only affect the fruit, but if not treated, can kill the tree. Other fruit tree diseases that can cause production and health problems include:

  • Prunus necrotic ringspot – mostly affects cherry trees
  • Bacterial spot – Common in plum trees, but it can affect any tree that produces pitted fruit
  • Alternaria blotch- affects apple trees and is caused by a mite infestation

Different regions of the country may have other common fruit tree diseases. They can be viral, bacterial, fungal or perpetuated by insects. The important thing is to recognize that if a fruit tree is not producing fruit or has other symptoms of disease, that treatment may be necessary to protect the health of the tree.

If you have a fruit tree that has had changes in the amount of production of fruit, differences in the look of the leaves or changes in the size of the fruit, call your local tree service. A trained arborist can identify diseases and give you the treatment you need to bring your fruit trees back to health.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539