Me, too, right at this late-spring moment…some of my old apple trees are starting to shed some foliage. Look closely: Are there brownish dots on the leaves first? I ask because cedar apple rust can defoliate apples and crabapples, and many of the old, large native Eastern red cedars (Juniperus virginiana) in my area carry it, including a giant old one in my front yard. Have a look and tell us more. I found you a photo on the Clemson website to see if it looks familiar…since I don’t have any galls on the red cedar right now and haven’t taken a photo of my apple foliage. Look at all familiar? http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/hgic2000.htm
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.