I just purchased two trees from my local nursery, an autumn blaze maple and a chanticleer pear. The maple was about a 1-1.5 inch diameter trunk, the pear a 3 inch trunk. The maple is doing fine, but the pear is really struggling. The ground is very sandy, but good rich iowa top soil mixed in with it. I watered every other day for the first couple of weeks, and nature has taken care of it since then with some wet weeks.
Now onto the issue:
Parts of the leaves, especially near the end of the brances appear a little red/off color instead of a solid green. The tree also generally looks drooppy. I have found some leaves that appear black and curled at the end. It almost looks like the leaves in spots are splitting, then curling back, then turnign black (but just the edges not the entire leaf). Maybe a mild case of blight?
Really looking for any ideas on how/what to treat. I am really unsure what is going on. The only other fruit tree in my yard is a crab apple and it has been doing fine since I planted it 3 years ago.
I would contact the nursery where you bought it asap for warranty should it die.
It sounds like transplant shock. Did you add anything to the soil when planting?
Many nurseries sell transplant booster to help prevent too much shock.
Someone here will have more info than I can give. Being a former landscape business owner I would have greatly appreciated the oppurtunity to care for a tree that I had sold a customer that was not doing so good.
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