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Our Hawthorn tree is not looking at all well this year. It has been in the garden for about 20 years and each year it blossoms and produces it's leaves. This year for some reason it has lost most of its leaves prematurely all around the bottom of the tree with leaves only at the top. The remaining stems or branches of the tree look dried out and look none to healthy. I have taken photographs for you to see. I would appreciate any advice as to what may be the problem as we don't want to lose our tree as it was one of the first trees we planted after we moved in to the house.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,526

    Did it have hawthorn rust this year on the leaves?. I have noticed that part of the hawthorn hedge that had rust has dropped its leaves early. If so ,rake up the leaves and burn or put in council bin. Do not compost, as that only spreads the problem.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,433

    They can get fireblight, so it would be worth checking for that (look up the characteristics on the RHS website).

    I had one in a previous house that looked like that one year and I worried about it but it came back fine the next so I concluded that some weather just doesn't suit them. Too dry or too wet?

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Thank you for your response regarding our Hawthorn tree. I have attached a photograph of a couple of leaves that certainly show something that looks like 'Rust'

    Is there something that can be done to prevent this condition, feed, treatment?

    Thank you,



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