Lacy
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X-Disease?

I purchased a super-sweet nectarine tree from Lowes a few months ago and I think it has X-Disease (aka shotgun disease.) Small redish purple spots develop, then fall out, there is a small amount of leaf curl, then the leaves drop.
My questions:
Is it even worth trying to save?
If I replace it with another stone fruit tree is it okay to plant it in the same spot?
Are there any preventitive steps, preferable organic, to take next time?

Thanks in advance!

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Newt
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Here's info on Shot Hole, a fungus.
https://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r540100711.html

X-disease is not the same as the leaves curl in addition to the spots. X-disease is caused by an organism and those trees should be destroyed.
https://www.caf.wvu.edu/Kearneysville/disease_descriptions/ompxdis.html

It's difficult for me to say if you should return the tree as that is a judgement call, but if it were my tree that came with the fungus, I would want a healthy one.

I can't clearly see the base of the tree, but do check to see that the rootflare isn't buried.

Newt

Lacy
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Hey Newt!
Thanks for clearing up the difference. I'm really not sure which one I have as there is only a tiny bit of leaf curl on a few of the leaves....or at least there was until the june bugs got ahold of it. I think I'll try to treat it as if it is shot hole fungus and see what happens.
Also, good call on the rootflare. After googling it, I learned that I did plant my tree a little too deep.

Thank you for your help!

Newt
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Lacy, you are so very welcome! You might want to send a leaf or two to your local extension service in a secure zip lock baggie.

Good luck,
Newt

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