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Vote for your favorite Tree of the Month for March 2011

akeppler - pyracantha
15 (46.9%)
bwaynef - amur maple
9 (28.1%)
John Kirby - prostrata grafted shimpaku
8 (25%)

Total Members Voted: 32

Voting closed: February 28, 2011, 08:20 AM

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March 2011 Tree of the Month Contest - Voting
« on: February 21, 2011, 08:20 AM »
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Re: March 2011 Tree of the Month Contest - Voting
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 01:30 AM »
Al's tree is smokin hot!
 

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Re: March 2011 Tree of the Month Contest - Voting
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 07:11 PM »
Nicely done, Al.  It's a great looking tree.  (Your trees were nice, too, John and Wayne  :) )

I'm curious, knowing nothing about pyracantha and even less about fireblight, is there any treatment?  Any preventative measures?
 

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Re: March 2011 Tree of the Month Contest - Voting
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 07:28 PM »
Preventitive measues are to keep squirrls and birds away as much as possible, due to transffering the pathogens and keeping tools sanitized between trees. Once a tree becomes infected there is not much one can do execpt cut off and burn the infected areas. It is not of much use as the whole tree eventually succumbs much like verticillium wilt in a maple. Once it starts you are doomed.


Thanks for the contest, I had fun. John, I am still looking for a picture of the juniper while Liela owned it.
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Re: March 2011 Tree of the Month Contest - Voting
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 10:11 AM »
Congrats Al.  That tree is getting better every time I see it.
 

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Re: March 2011 Tree of the Month Contest - Voting
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 03:13 PM »
Thanks Al, I have always love nice pyracantha- but having lived in a wicked fireblight area (arkansas) where we frequently had mature crabs with it, they seem to do fine with the light pruning, I never tried them. Hmm, maybe in Connecticut.........

THis is directly from http://www.fireblight.com

Fireblight is caused by the bacteria Erwinia amylovora.


There is, as yet, no cure for fire blight and the best way to deal with the infection is to remove infected stems and branches cutting no less than 8 inches up from the infected area.  Because the bacteria are so easily transmitted, care should be taken in disposing of infected plant material. Either burn or discard in the trash.  Do not leave infected material where the bacteria might be spread to surrounding bushes or trees.  Care should also be taken with tools which have come into contact with the bacteria.  Tools can be sterilized in an alcohol solution (three parts denatured alcohol to one part water).  Diluted household bleach can also be used (one part bleach to nine parts water) as long as the tools are wiped dry after disinfecting to prevent corrosion.

A variety of bactericides have been developed to combat fire blight, many of the most common containing streptomycin sulphate.  Check with your local garden or landscape centre for details and remember to follow the instructions carefully.