Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple tree, last year growing amongst brambles on the allotment. It's about 3ft tall, variety unknown. Sorry, I don't have pics. It was given a good mulch of muck in the spring and left to fruit/grow. It only produced one apple which has black spots, as do the leaves. I planted new fruit tree's near by, these are healthy. Q is...what's wrong with the apple tree...can it be treated or would it be better to replace it? What I don't want to happen is if I keep it, the healthy fruit tree's will develop the same problem and I'll loose them all.


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,218

    The scabby spots are only a problem if you care about looks. You can peel the fruit and it tastes fine.

    Do you like the taste of the one apple you have? If you do, you should save the tree. If not, then don't waste any time on it.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,930

    Is it a seedling or is there a graft point?

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,155
    Can you give me the name of a good fungicide.

    I don't think it's grafted.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    All cultivated apple trees are grafted, Zoomer, and the fact that it's a dwarf indicates that it's on one on the dwarfing rootstocks.  How big is it?  What shape?  (A photo would really help!)

    As, suming it's a cultivated treeVerdun and Pansy have good advice there: keep it open, prune out any branches in the centre (it should be shaped like a wine glass) along with any dead, diseased or damaged wood, clear away all the undergrowth and ground cover.  Then in the spring give it a couple of handfuls of bonemeal or blood/fish/bone and a couple of shovelfuls of well-rotted manure or garden compost.

    Should be no need for poisons, if the tree can be made vigorous and healthy.

    Just a thought - could it be a self-sown seedling?

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,218

    Zoomer, all the zap-'em-all fungicides have now been taken out of our little handies because nanny says we aren't big enough to know how to use them and we don't want to hurt ourselves, do we. So we have been left with a load of old wives' tales to play with.

    Why not try this one; it's as good as any.


    And if that fails you can always go and howl at the moon.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • might not be a dwarf, it might just be young.

    What size it the main trunk at ground level? if its less than an a inch across it might be someone's old apple core that's grown.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,155

    Hi, sorry for not getting back sooner. I went to the plot to check out the tree again.

    It's not grafted on to a different root stock and about 4ft high. I've cleared away the ground cover. I'd planted nasturgums in the area to keep down the weeds so there was very little weeds in the area.The trunk is about an inch thick. The main branch has been pruned so it's grown this year from the side branches and put on about 1ft's worth of growth on the higher branches which look to be healthy. One or two of the lower branches look dead and they are only about 6 or 7 inches long. 

    It';s not far from the neighbouring plot holders tree about 8 to 10ft but his tree is three times the height and the apples don't look to be the same variety.

    On closer inspection not all the leaves have spots on them but it's difficult to tell now as they are dying off. The spots on the apple had pieced the skin.

    Will check out the link pansyfaceimage     

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