At the beginning of October 1992 and 1993, healthy adult and young trees of hazelnut, cultivars Tonda Gentile Romana and Nocchione, were inoculated with a Pseudomonas syringae pv. avellanae strain through leaf scars located midway from the tip of the twig. In adult trees, the systemic migration and the population level of the pathogen were monitored during autumn and winter by means of weekly to monthly isolation and countings. In young plants, the possible displacement of the bacterium was checked in May by sampling different sites of the plant. At each sampling, the presence of internal and external symptoms was carefully assessed. During the 2-year study, the results on migration and symptom development were consistent between the cultivars. Until the end of February. P.s. pv. avellanae colonized for approximately 45 mm, only the trait of the twig below the site of inoculation. At that time the population level ranged, in the farthest point reached by the pathogen, from 4.1 to 5.6 = 104 cfu/3 mm of twigportion. During March the pathogen was recovered from the tip of the twig. The first sign of disease was noticed in November as brown discolouration of the epidermis near the site of inoculation as well as internal necrosis of the vascular tissue. In young trees. P.s. pv. avellanae from the twig reached the branches, collar and roots from where it also colonized the branch which did not carry an inoculated leaf scar. Extensive twig dieback was noticed during April, whereas in June, most of the adult trees inoculated in autumn with approximately 25000 cells of the pathogen, randomly distributed in 25 sites of the crown, wilted completely. The role of leaf scars as a favourite site of penetration exploited by the pathogen as well as phytosanitary measures are discussed.