sugar maple on the way out?
The first tree I planted when we bought our property in 2002 was a nice sugar maple and after a rocky start (exposed to harsh west winds) it seemed to flourish and every year after that was awesome.
This year it was late blooming, and the leaves have come in small with some dieback. The soil here is clay...and the spring has been wet. It looks like an x-ray tree now, definitely different from years past.
I just lost a toka plum tree, too, which didn't leaf out at all. Can a good rainy spring cause this kind of problem? I thought it would have been good for the trees.
Damn this is depressing!