While out by the barn today, I noticed that our Moonglow pear has something strange going on with it. I don’t have pics of it now, so I’ll try to describe it the best I can.
Some background on the tree. I bought it two years ago from Lowe’s, it was in a 5gal pot, and about 5ft tall. I planted it in April of that year with the rootball intact. I don’t remember pruning the tree afterwards. The tree has put on decent growth since then, it’s about 10ft tall now. It’s been leafed out about 2-3 weeks, and seemed to be OK. It didn’t bloom this year, but not a big deal.
Well, today when I saw it, the top 2ft of the central leader and close-by branches were drooping over, like it had been cut or broken. Upon closer inspection, the leader/branches looked OK, and the leaves were still green like the rest of the tree. There doesn’t seem to be any diseases on the tree that I could tell, either.
So, what could the problem be? We’ve gone about 9 days with very warm and dry weather, so maybe it’s undergoing some heat stress? Maybe its roots aren’t sufficient enough to get enough water up to the top of the tree?
We’re getting a deluge tonight, so that may remedy the situation, or make it worse. We’ll see tomorrow. When i went outside an hour ago, we had already got an inch of rain, and its coming down hard again, so we might end up with 2" before it’s done with.
It might be OK tomorrow, but wanted to post the question anyway.