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Question: 175-5201
We have some apples on our property with a black mold on the leaves. I understand that the wild cedars may be affecting the apples. Is this true and can we cut the cedars down? Sue, Salem, CT

Mort's Answer:
Juniperus virginiana is a very hardy tree that can harbor fungi through the winter that will later spread to crab apples gooseberries and other fruited deciduous trees and shrubs. These cedars make excellent firewood for baked apples and emit a wonderful aroma of their own. Yes, there are many very nice species of spruce that would adequately replace the severed cedars. I also recommend that you get a book on pruning for your apples and start a spraying program with dormant spray and the home orchard sprays that are readily available.

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