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What is Fire Blight?

Quick Facts…

  • Fire blight is a bacterial disease that can kill branches and whole plants of many members of the rose family, including apple, pear, quince and crabapple. .

  • Symptoms include dead branches, water-soaked blossoms, light brown to blackened leaves, discolored bark, black “shepherd’s crook” twigs, and dried fruits. .

  • Fire blight bacteria can be spread by insects, splashing rain or contaminated pruning tools..

  • Management includes resistant varieties, cultural practices, pruning and preventive chemical sprays.

  • Read more about Fire Blight here, and why it's important to prune these trees during the dormant winter season:

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