Apple tree problems: frequently asked questions

Apples are easy to grow, productive, and there are cultivars, shapes and sizes for every garden. They can be susceptible to a range of pests, diseases and disorders, but in most cases action can be taken to prevent or control the problem. Susceptibility to the problems differs between cultivars – you would be very unlucky to have a tree that suffers from all of the problems listed below! Here we give answers to many of the common problems encountered. They are grouped by the area of the tree affected: shoots; leaves and flowers.

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Woolly aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum) on Malus sylvestris.

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Most common problems
  • Aphids
  • Apple scab
  • Brown rot
  • Caterpillars
  • Honey fungus
  • Poor fruiting

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