Is there something wrong with my bradford pear?

petalmomApril 24, 2008

Hello, new here and would appreciate any input from you seasoned members.

I planted three new bradford pears about 2 months ago. To me they appear to be doing very well until I noticed this week that some of the leaves have turned black on the ends and have shriveled up? It is occuring on all 3. Perhaps this is normal? Can anybody tell me if something may be wrong with them?

I have a couple of pics that I think would help but can't seem to figure out how to post them :(

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

newly transplanted stock does weird things...

were they leafed out at planting... transplant stressors come to mind ...

were they dormant ...??? ... frost or freeze at budding comes to mind ...

any further info about the whole process.. will get better suggestions ...

it probably too early in the season for disease to be an issue .. most are warm weather problems ....

have they been PROPERLY watered.. and properly planted????

ken

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
auhort1990(8a)

Could be fireblight. Look to see if the very ends of the branches curl forming a shepherds hook.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:12AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Thanks for the replies! No leaves at planting (completely naked!) I don't "think" they were dormant (but I'm an amateur!) No frost here since they were planted and I water them every evening.

The branches look just fine, it's only some (not all) of the leaves.

If you could guide me on how to post a pic, that might help.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

Sounds like overwatering to me.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:56AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Overwatering? You think? I generally stick my finger in the ground to see if it's still moist and it never is so I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that it was ok to water. I should note that the afternoon temps are in the mid to upper 80's and they get direct sun most of the day (and certainly during the hottest part)

You think that I should cut back on watering? How often would you recommend?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 11:30AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brandon7 TN_zone(7)

If you are checking the soil for moisture you are doing it correctly, BUT if it needs water every day, you are probably not watering it enough when you water. The soil (unless it's pure rock or sand) should stay moist for at least a couple of days. Watering deeply, less frequently is much better than watering just a little bit, often.

BTW, Bradfords are almost universally despised in this forum so be prepared if you see posts complaining about them. When I saw the title of your post, I just knew someone was going to respond with "yeah, it germinated". LOL

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 12:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

water so that water gets to the roots.. and then do NOT water again until the soil warms.. or is nearly dry ...

with proper mulch. this might be a week or two later ...

if it had no leaves at planting.. it was dormant ...

are you sure that a frost couldnt havent occurred... the lawn does NOT have to be icy.. to get frost on leaves ...

just try not to kill them with too much love.. lol

ken

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 12:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Thank you all very much! I'll adjust my watering plan.

I have read the good, bad, and ugly regarding bradfords :) I however think that while in bloom they are absolutely stunning so I'm willing to take the abuse!

Thanks again for everybody's help!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 12:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

In 10-20 years, they will fall apart. Is it worth it esp when you need the shade? Surely, there are better choices than bradford. For example, I wanted something like Bradford pear for flowering, nice leaves, and nice fall color but much more durable and long life span so I went with 'Fire Dragon' Shantung maple trees. My neighbors have bradford pears and my shantung maples make bradford pears look not so great...

That's SUMMER GROWTH. Not fall color leaves...

Here is the fall color...

Best of all, they will still be there when I'm dead.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 3:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Petalmom, send me the images and I'll take a look at them. If it's Fireblight, it should be pretty easy to determine.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 3:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Thanks for the offer rhizo, I wish I could but being a newbie I'm afraid that I've not been able to figure out how to do that yet :(

It's really hard to determine the truth about these controversial trees :) There are about 40 of them planted around the building where I work. Granted they are only about 10-12 years old but none of them have exibited all of the negative habits that I read about. And quite frankly, they are absolutely beautiful while in bloom in the spring. I guess that's all that I'm hoping for with mine!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 4:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Ahhh, figured it out, used photobucket :)

I've aslo given it more thought (and asked around) and we MAY have had a night or two since these were planted when the temps dipped into the mid to low 30's (but stayed above the 32 degree freezing mark). Could this possibly be damage from the cold?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 5:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fledgeling_(4b SD)

It might just be cold damage, because I was under the impression that fire blight happens at first to isolated shoots and not all over the tree. Also, this tree is noted for it's resistance to said disease. The tree likely was early leafing out for whatever reason.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 9:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Thanks fledgeling! So do you think they will recover?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

They'll recover from disease. But they may fall apart from a 5mph wind gust :(

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 12:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fledgeling_(4b SD)

Yup, that is very minor on the scale of cold damage. Not only will they recover I think they will be completely unaffected.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 12:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petalmom

Thanks so much! I feel better now :)

Odd comment about the wind. Although the roof of our office building did not, every one of the 40 or so Bradford's came through hurricane Katrina just fine. Must of got lucky I guess.

Thanks again for everybodys help!!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 7:26AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Tree Planted Too Deep - Too Late To Raise
Hi all, I've been searching for some guidance on this...
damonb10
Does anyone on here have a Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud Tree?
I want to get a couple of them. Are they wind tolerant?...
ilovemytrees
How long does it take oak tree leaves to fully grow once they wake up?
When the leaves start to grow on oak trees on any tree...
tlbean2004
mountain ash question
Will a mountain ash seedling come true to the parent...
waynez5_ia
?? What tree is this?
This is in my garden, I have looked but cannot be sure...
polkadoll
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™