Sugar maple tree leaves dying

sugarmaple1August 11, 2013

We live in Western PA and have a 37 year old sugar maple tree. It budded in spring as usual, after the leaves started coming out, half of them begin to fall. Most were green for a few months, but now the remaining leaves have turned brown, but have not fallen off yet.

Is there something to do to treat this for next year? Will it grow back as usual next year or will the same thing happen?

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    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 5:35PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Does not look good. Are those maples behind it further down the block? And only yours is failing? If so, something unique to your yard is responsible. Do you have a lawn service?

tj

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 6:35PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

I had verticillium wilt get one of my Japanese maples. To me the symptoms are:

The tree leafs out
It gets warm
The leaves shrivel one branch at a time w/o showing fall color
The tree holds its dead leaves

Look for discolored branches with dark streaks. I hope it is something else.

Last year was hot and rough on trees. All kinds of them are having it rough this year.

Here is a link that might be useful: ubc link

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 11:15PM
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sugarmaple1

TJ,

This is the only one in the area, there are many silver maples in the neighborhood that are unaffected. I do not use lawn service.

David

Tornado,

After coming out in the spring, a couple of branches turned yellow and lost their leaves and then the entire tree turned slightly yellow and about half of the leaves dropped. Did not loose the remaining leaves but all leaves stayed on the tree and turned brown. Leaves after several weeks are still on the tree but dried brown.

David

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 8:13PM
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