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    Apricot tree

    I shall have to think about felling my eight year old apricot tree. It has bacterial canker and has started to develop shot holes in the leaves.
    As I have already lost a Victoria plum and a Stella cherry to the same disease, can anyone recommend a fruit tree - preferably self fertile, although I do have Conference pear and six various apples nearby - to replace it. It would have to be one on a dwarfing rootstock. I don't think I can grow stone fruit: the spores of the disease must be in the soil.

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    canker and fruit trees

    anne-condolences on your apricot. Ours only lasted 2-3 years as well, before succumbing to the canker. This is not generally a tree for our climates.

    There is apparently a variety for our west coast called "Puget Gold", which I have never seen on the Canadian side of the border, but would probably be available to those in the N.W. U.S.
    There are also peach varieties now that are specifically bred for our wet weather and accompanying diseases. The specialty nurseries that abound in your country probably do have some varieties you could try.

    I may try one of these peaches, since we lost our Redhaven the same as the apricot, and the nectarine is just barely alive (I refuse to cut it down, they are just to yummy if we ever get it to fruit again).

    Our Lapins cherry, Coues golden drop and Italian prune plums are all doing fine here, the canker doesn't seem to bother them if that's any help.

    Glen in BC

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    Dear Glen
    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I have heard of Puget Gold: I have always assumed it had something to do with the Puget Sound: I don't know why! I've never heard of a Lapins cherry. It might be worth looking up a specialist nursery for it, as I dearly love cherries. They're extremely expensive to buy in the supermarket, and there's not much commercial growing of cherries in the UK. Most of those for sale come from France. They can grow gorgeous cherries, make lovely wine and cheese, but they can't grow apples to save their lives, unless it's that they send the UK ( the dumping ground of Europe) all their horrible ones.
    The nectarine might be worth a try. My grandson calls them bald peaches.

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