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Dying trees

Posted by paschal IL (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 17, 06 at 8:05

I live in Chicago, and have 3 trees that are dying this year. I have asked around, and except for last years drought, no-one has any ideas. We have several trees about the same age that are doing great, including a dwarf peach, river birch, blue spruce, dogwood etc. The problem is with the Nishiki willow, the corkscrew willow, and a dwarf Northstar cherry. Both willows have severe die back, and the cherry started to fruit and then shriveled and has almost completely died. All receive identical care, i.e. fertilizer, water, etc. Any ideas?

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RE: Dying trees

Well, I too had an ornamental cherry die (Hally Jolivette). It was beautiful this spring, blossomed incredibly and the next week ALL the leaves were brown, crisp and shriveled. I am stumped and sad.

RE: Dying trees

You can bet your life it's last year's drought. Last year, the arborists were saying the longterm effects of a drought like 2005 would be pretty terrible, and we're beginning to see problems here, too. One of our Austrian pines looks terrible, in spite of my best efforts to keep it watered last year. The thing that really scares me is that stressed trees invite disease organisms, and the Chicago area is FULL of stressed trees.

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