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Canker (apple tree)

The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
I have an apple tree in the garden, research leads me to believe it is probably a Stobo Castle variety. It is blighted with pretty bad canker, particularly where the main branches lead off the trunk, although when I inherited the tree it was carrying a heck of a lot of fruit. It has blossomed well this Spring too. 

Is it possible for the tree to carry on  productively for a good few years or will the canker kill it off do you think? I'm hoping to get a few tarts and crumbles from it. 

As ever, thanks for any advice. 

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,106
    As the lesions ring the branches they will cut off the supply of sap.

    I have lost two young trees in the last year to canker. I tried everything but it just popped up in a different place.

    Enjoy your apples this year.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
    Thanks @pansyface When it does succumb, will I be able to plant another tree in that area do you think? Or is it the soil that is responsible for the canker?   

    I'd have preferred a smaller tree, probably an Acer (I like them), but I didn't want to chop this one down unless I had to. Guess I'll just wait and see if it gives up the ghost. 
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,106
    I have a horrible feeling that it will linger.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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