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KaytedugganKayteduggan Posts: 20
Could someone please tell me what is wrong with my tree. Something is eating  the leaves. There are orange spots on the top and bottom of the leaves. The ones underneath are slightly raised. There are lots of tiny little spiders on the tree. Also ants are going to the very end of the branches where some new leaves are and spending a lot of time underneath the leaves. Quite a lot of leaves are shrivelling up and dying. Also, I have noticed a split at the base of the trunk. Thank you. 


  • nick615nick615 SW IrelandPosts: 727
    There are far more knowledgeable members than me but, in my experience, hawthorn is pretty much indestructible, and I get the feeling that, if you cut it down to just above ground level, it would sprout again.  I'm not suggesting that but, apart from keeping an eye on it, I'd tend not to worry too much?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,895
    The orange spots are likely Rust - which is just one of those things that happen.
    As far as I know there are no treatments, but it's unlikely to have any significant effect on the plant's health.

    The little brown things on the leaves look like they may be scale insect eggs under their protective covering.
    To check if they are, have a look underneath one and see if there's some fluffy cotton wool like stuff underneath.
    If it is, again it's unlikely to have any serious impact, but you could spray the whole tree in winter with a Winter Tree Wash (e.g. Vitax)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • KaytedugganKayteduggan Posts: 20
    Thank you both. 
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