Hi everyone, I joined this forum because I originally wanted to ask advice on how to trim this Royal Raindrops Crab Apple. I needed a tree of specimen quality for a focal point in my garden. After careful research I settled on the Royal Raindrops because it had an upright growth habit and a high canopy, so it would be easy to maneuver around with a lawn mower. I don’t have a large garden. None of the nurseries near me had any so I special ordered one. It came wrapped up and when they opened it up the limbs were all distorted. I was told that the limbs would relax over time and that the tree would be alright. Well, the tree never was alright. The limbs grew in all different directions. So, I wanted to ask how to prune this tree to give it a better shape and to raise the canopy so I’m not fighting limbs trying to get around it. Anyway, I went out today to take some pictures of it only to find that throughout the whole tree, the leaves seem to be dying – almost like they are burned. I’ve seen fire blight before and this resembles it, though what I’ve seen of that disease is that it starts at the tip of the limb and works it way up. I’ve manage to save roses hit by it in the past by cutting the limb up to a clean area. My sister said the tree looks like it’s lacking water though we’ve had higher than average precipitation this year, and the tree has been established since 2013, so I don’t think that is the cause. Anyway, if someone has any idea what this could be I would appreciate it. One thing I’d like to add is the only thing I did, which I do every year, is clean up all the old mulch from last year with a fan rake, put down some cow manure and brown bark (Scotts). I am going to load a lot of pictures now of the strange leaves. I’d also like to put some pictures of when I first purchased the tree, and how it grew after that. Thanks for any help you can give.