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Q.Apricot tree

Zone southern california | moorpark1 added on May 16, 2012 | Answered

My apricot tree is ten years old. This year it has produced a few leaves on a few branches (one side of tree only) and they immediately wilted. There are no buds on most of the tree. I cut some of the small branches, and they are dead. Some of the bark has a green fungus or mold on them, and roots near surface seem to be in bad shape – very fragile. Have I over-watered? Is it diseased? If I leave it alone but fertilize it, will it come back next year? Is it simply dead?

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Answered on May 17, 2012

It sounds like it is either dead or dying. The lichen on the tree (green-like mold) is a good indication that there is something wrong. You can read this article to see if it is still alive: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

But even if it is alive, it should most likely be removed to try to stop what is killing from from spreading to the rest of the tree.

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