Orange tree leaves fell off overnight

rahamadApril 6, 2011

I have three citrus trees in my phoenix area yard. This morning I went out and the orange tree had dropped a layer of leaves on the ground, and when I shake the tree, more fall off. The leaves are still green, no sap, no black, no mold, just fallen off.

I fertilized my citrus with slow release fertilizer about 5 days ago, and did a deep watering after I applied the fertilizer.

The tree also just finished blossoming a few days ago.

Any ideas on what happened to my orange tree?

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

rahamad, if you can supply photos of this tree and your others near it, that would be helpful. Sounds like maybe you have something going on at the roots. Possibly gopher damage. Have you checked carefully around the roots of the tree to see if there is evidence of gopher activity?

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 1:27PM
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I doubt that there is anything wrong with your tree. When a citrus tree is in bloom, it sheds many of its older leaves that are no longer capable of producing the amount of photosynthates that they should. This is a very common time of year for citrus leaf drop. The leaf drop will soon stop, as the bloom season comes to an end.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 5:59PM
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