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Our new Almond tree had blossom on then the leaves started to droop they are still green but many fell off, it is in the sun but we had two days of very heavy rain and the end s of the branches are very dark help please
So sorry to read about this. Hopefully you have good drainage with the pot lifted up enough for the water to run through the drainage hole(s). If I remember your almond is the ornamental type (Prunus glandulosa) and does not bear nuts.
The soil-borne fungus invades trees through the root and grows up into the water-conducting pipes (xylem) in the trunk and limbs. The fungus eventually clogs the pipes and then shoots die from lack of water. Affected limb collapse quickly and shoot tips often turn dark and curl into a characteristic “shepherds hook”.
Dwarf Flowering Almond (P. glandulosa): The dwarf flowering almond is a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Its chief value is in the showy flower, which is either white or pink, single or double, and appears in midspring on old wood. It is often straggly and weak-stemmed, and subject to several insect and disease problems, especially borers. When damaged, prune to the ground in spring after flowering. It will return but will probably not flower for a year.
You may not want to prune to the ground, but at least you know that you can. When pruning, clean your pruners between EACH cut with alcohol or a bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. When finsihed pruning be sure to oil your pruners so they don't rust.
There is also something called 'lower limb dieback', a disease with symptoms similar to what you describe, but it starts in the lower limbs and is rare, at least in the US. Could that be the only place you see damage?
Symptoms of potassium deficiency normally begin in the tops of trees but can be distributed throughout the tree when deficiencies are more severe.
Symptoms include leaves that are often pale and smaller than normal. Leaf tips and edges burn and often roll upward like a canoe or “Viking’s prow”.
Hi Newt many thanks for your reply , my branches are only green to half way up then they are dark brown and the leaves are dying so I am going to cut the branches back to the green and see if it survives, the trunk looks ok so I will keep you upto date
best wishes Morinja
Hi again Newt I have just cut a small branch off and had a look with a magnifying glass and I think maybe it has verticillium after looking at the sites you gave me, or maybe potassium deficiency so as it said to prune back midsummer I think I must wait I hope I can save it as this one is special to us best wishes
Hi Newt I went on to the site and I have pruned the branches right back to the green and will wait now to see what happens , again we had very heavy rain yesterday but the water has drained out of the pot so I am keeping my fingers crossed