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Young Fruit tree leaves turning black HELP

 
                                        
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I am living in Northern Alabama working at a place where my main project is to plan a permaculture designed fruit orchard. I've been buying trees, still in their pots, and not planting them but putting them next to older trees in a raised bed. In the past few days, many of the pear and peach tree leaves have turned a greyish black. The branches are still alive but I don't know what it means! It's too early for them to being going dormant. The only thing I can think of is them not getting enough water for a few days. I looked up photos of fire blight but that's not what it looks like.

Does anyone have any ideas/advice?!
 
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could it be powdery mildew? too much wet weather? often starts as a grey dusting on the leaves.
 
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Overall and detail pictures are good.  Often state universities have an Ag extension service that is good for disease questions.  We have a number of state publications that target local disease patterns.

http://www.aces.edu/ there may be clinics you can take a sample into.
 
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Take a sample to your county extension agent. Clip 10" off a branch with some of the bad leaves attached. Place it in a PAPER bag so it doesn't mold, and bring it to your county extension office.
 
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