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I have a loquat tree and the leaves are brown and rusty. What am I doing wrong?
Check for an insect infestation
How cool that you are growing a loquat tree. We don't see them in PA.
Any time I have simple issues with plants, I either talk to my local Home Depot/Lowe's garden person. If you catch them in a slower time they are very helpful.
For the tough questions, see if one of the local colleges in your area offers agriculture classes and see if the teacher can have the students help. It is good practice for them.
Many of the leaves on my 3 yr. old loquat tree are turning brown suddenly. There are brown spots, brown edges, and the younger leaves are totally brown. What's going on? Is this a December thing? It has not blossomed one time yet and, of course, no fruiting yet. Help.
I have a small loquat tree and it has brown rusty leaves. What is going on?
Hardiness Zone: 9b
By thinktank from San Diego
Check with your local county extension office; they have master gardeners there who can probably quickly identify the problem for you and tell you what to do. These folks are a FANTASTIC resource!
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Tripleb from Greenville, AL
A: Hi Tripleb,
Loquats don't have that many natural pests, but they are sometimes susceptible to scale and fire blight. Does your tree have blossoms yet? Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwina amylovaora, is common to your area. It usually occurs in the early spring during warm, humid weather. It is characterized by flowers, twigs and foliage that have a blackened or burned appearance. The tips of affected twigs and shoots may also droop into the shape of a "Shepard's crook." Cankers (dark or discolored areas) on the bark can usually be seen on the trunk or on branches near affected tissues and sometimes have an amber-colored discharge oozing out of them. I would cut off a few of the affected branches and take them to your county extension agency or call your city arborist. If it is fire blight, you'll need to remove all the affected root sprouts and suckers from the tree as soon as possible to prevent further spread of the disease.
Dear Tripleb, I'm from Montgomery ! Lol small world huh? I'm now living far away. Anyhow, I have no clue what's up with your tree. However try calling your county agent. The # will be in the phone book under agriculture. Hope they can help.
I have a 3 year old loquat tree about 8ft tall in my backyard. It does not have flower/fruit yet. It was really healthy in the past 3 years. But it has gray-brown spot on its leaves, especially the younger leaves since last week; and the amount of spots has been rapidly growing on more leaves. Is my loquat tree suffering some kind of serious disease? What can I do to stop the disease and save my tree? Help please!
Hardiness Zone: 10a
By jenn from Milpitas, CA