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towards the middle of last summer my apple tree has severe leaf curl and brown marks on the leaves. the lower branches became twiggy and woodern and just snapped off as if dead. there was a total of 5 apples on it .

i pruned it right back in autumn and now looking at it it looks like a dead tree although the top branches have thin sprouts on them. the lower ones have no buds or growth on them  and i am inclined to cut these off.any advise please

 

 

 

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  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    If you scrape the top thin layer of bark, is it fleshly and white/green? If not then those branches may well have died.  Its still a tad early though, and I'd be inclined to see if any buds pop out towards the end of spring.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    If the lower branches could be snapped last year, they're dead and should be cut off.

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