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Questions About Plum Trees

Asked by
tinatiger on
June 14, 2011

Q. Plums

Our plums have a small hole with sap seeping from them. We took the plum to our local gardning center. He said he has seen it coming out of branches, but never from fruit. Please can you help us? Thank you.

Answered by
Heather on
June 18, 2011
Certified Expert
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It sounds like your tree has peach borer, which can affect any stone fruit tree. Here is an article that will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-borer.htm

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Asked by
mabulloc on
June 24, 2011

Q. Clear Bubbles on Plum Tree

Leaves are starting to fall off and noticed clear, hard bubbles on the branches.

Answered by
Heather on
June 26, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It may be peach borers. They produce a clear gum that could bubble on the branches. Peach borers do attack any stone fruit. Here is more information on them:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-borer.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 16, 2011

Q. Wild Plum Tree Disease

I have a wild plum tree that was producing fruit like crazy only a few weeks ago. Then, almost overnight it stopped producing. I noticed the leaves have very tiny brown dots all over them. Now almost all the leaves are covered with the spots, and I think the tree is close to death. What is this? What can I do? I used to think the tree was a nuisance, but now I really want to save it.

Answered by
Cathy on
July 20, 2011
A.

You might take some of the leaves to your local extension office to more clearly identify what you are dealing with. This sounds like a fungal infection of some sort, but they will be able to better tell you exactly what it is and the best methods to treat the problem.
Good luck

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Asked by
ashley021685 on
July 17, 2011

Q. Why Does My Plum Tree Have Hardly Any Leaves?

I bought a plum tree 2 years ago from Wal mart. It’s about 8 feet tall. This spring it didn’t produce many leaves. Most of the branches are bare with a few leaves here and there. They haven’t died off, just didn’t produce much, but it is growing new stems!

Answered by
Heather on
July 20, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like it may have a fungus. Treat the tree with a fungicide and this will kill the fungus. It should try to grow its leaves once the issue is resolved, but may not have time before fall comes. If this is the case, it will need extra care and protection to make it through the winter as its energy reserves will be low.

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Asked by
lizziesue on
July 22, 2011

Q. Possible tree root suckers growing in lawn

Part of our lawn is covered with these root suckers. They are quite thick and a reddish colour. They just seem to grow up out of the grass. Nearby our neighbour has a damson tree and we also have a pond – have these anything to do with the weed?

Answered by
Susan75023 on
July 25, 2011
A.

Sorr you have not gotten an answer on this. We had a red foliage plum tree that seeded but only close to the tree. We cut it down five years ago and still have "seedlings" popping up. Pulling them is nearly impossible so I just cut them off at ground level. Eventually they will all give up since they can't produce enough leaves to support the roots.

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Asked by
03TAD1954 on
July 23, 2011

Q. Leaves Falling Off My Plum Tree

Leaves are falling off my plum tree.

Answered by
Heather on
July 24, 2011
Certified Expert
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This can happen for a number of reasons. Fungus, pests or watering issues are the most common. Treat the tree with a fungicide and a pesticide to take care of the first two possible issues. For the watering issue, make sure the tree is getting at least 2'-4' of water a week. But also make sure it is not in standing or overly wet soil, as this can cause root rot, which makes it difficult for the tree to take up water.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 27, 2011

Q. Plum Tree

I have a plum tree over 20 years old. Recently, I’ve noticed that the plums have not been growing and have remained the size of a pea. The leaves are yellowing and several small branches look dead. Can you advise me on what to do?

Answered by
Susan75023 on
July 30, 2011
A.

If you do not see any evidence of disease, the tree has simply reached the end of its life. 15 years is the expected life span.

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