Entomosporium, fire blight affecting Bradford pear trees

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 27, 2012

By Darrell Blackwelder
For the Salisbury Post
Many have called from all over the county over the past few weeks over concerns with their Bradford pears and other flowering trees.
Generally, the most prominent problem with Bradford pear trees is limb breakage during wind and ice or an occasional problem with fire blight. Fire blight is a bacterial disease on pear and apple trees that manifests itself with scotched or burned twig tips. It’s a common problem with both ornamental and fruiting pear trees.
There have been a few case reported this spring; however, it is not as widespread as it has been in past seasons.
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