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Fireblight can devastate fruit trees

by Tim Baker, regional horticulture specialist

If you grow pears, apples, or related species, you should become familiar with the symptoms of a disease which if left untreated can devastate your trees. Fireblight is a bacterial disease which overwinters in cankers in the tree, and is spread in the spring by insects which come into contact with the ooze coming from the cankers and windblown rain which scatters it.


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