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BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
What's up with my plum tree. All the leaves are going yellow and brown. I planted it early last spring as a bare root 


  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955

  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    I know I've upset people on here which i apologise immensely for but can someone please answer my question. I've researched it on Google but I'm not certain. Once again apologies for my past behaviour 
  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 4,046
    edited July 2019
    Last summer was a particularly harsh one for new plantings to get established, so it could be a result of that. I think there are all kinds of things happening now that stem from that drought. Also, in my very limited experience (one tree!) plum trees are a bit disease prone too, but I wouldn't like to hazard a guess about what it might be - you've probably got as good an idea as I have!
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,062
    A photograph of the whole tree might give us more of a clue 
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  • leese815leese815 Posts: 8
    We've had a similar problem with our tree. At first I thought it was due to the dry spell but it seemed to get worse, despite frequent watering. We moved some wood that we were using to smother couch grass and found an ant nest.

    If the yellowing keeps getting worse, despite watering, perhaps check the base of the tree.

    We're hoping that ours will recover but it's not looking too happy at the moment.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    Thank you for the replies. There is vegetation around the tree but it's not overcrowded and no other plants are touching it. The Base of the tree is kept weed free and given a weekly soaking. No ants present. The only other thing I can think is it has 3 main branches one of which was snapped half way though. I splinted and taped it up but maybe infection got in
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,889
    I think the branch damage might be the problem. Looking at the photo, is that the branch that's broken/split, and are the dead leaves only on that branch, or is it all foliage that's affected ?
    Ants don't cause that kind of issue, so it's not that.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    All the foliage is like that on all 3 branches starting at the tips it seems
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,889
    If it's not weather related or lack of water, it sounds like it could be an infection of some kind.
    Difficult without more photos showing the whole tree and the damaged part though.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687
    I agree that more photos are needed of the base and also the area where you say there was a repair job. Sometimes, repairing young branches are not worth it, as it can be an entry point for further infection.

    It could be bacterial leaf spot, which can happen and sometimes beyond your control. The weather, and local environment can be contributing factors. Provided the tree planting is well prepared and planted well, watered well, and any leaf drop immediately raked off, the tree should be fine next year.
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