Blossom wilt

Blossom wilt is a fungal disease of apples, pears, plums, cherries and related ornamental trees. It kills blossoms, spurs and small branches. The problem is caused by the same fungi responsible for brown rot of the fruit.

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Blossom wilt. Image: RHS/Tim Sandall

Quick facts

Common name Blossom wilt
Scientific name Monilinia laxa and M. fructigena
Plants affected Many trees, including apples, pears, plums and cherries
Main symptoms Brown and shrivelled blossom and leaves
Caused by Fungi
Timing Spring

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