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Bark on one side of the tree is peeling. Some branches have died & there are
some leaves turning yellow. We’ve heard this may be a type of fungus that affects hardwood trees & the tree should be removed immediately.
Is a service berry a hardwood tree? Are there steps to take to save the tree?
Thank you for your assistance.
This could be Fire Blight, common on Serviceberry.
Here are some links with more information.
In cases like this you will prune new growth one year, and SOME of the old, the next. These will be pruned once a year, typically in winter. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/serviceberries/growing-serviceberries.htm
We were advised to use amelanchier trees as part of a hedge ( probably not the best advice!) They are now five years old and have never been pruned and we wondered do we prune, leave alone, take off every third branch? We’re not sure and they have now become entwined with the beech and hawthorn in the hedge.
We would be most grateful if you could help.
I can say that you will want to do this during dormancy, or at the latest, early spring. You will want to take growth a little at a time, pruning out crossing branches.
This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/serviceberries/growing-serviceberries.htm