The Q&A Archives: Why are the leaves on my eucalytus tree turning orange?

Question: My tree is about two years old. We live on a clay and rock mountain top and the first year the tree thrived. Now some of the branches have orangish colored leaves near the center of the trunk. There are new leaves and growth on the tips of the limbs. Is this a disease? If so, how can I combat it? This is happening fast so I need your help asap. Thanks so much!

Answer: Janet,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

My best evaluation is that something is stressing the tree's roots. Dry soil or soggy wet soil both are damaging to the roots. Evergreen trees such as the eucalyptus do drop leaves periodically. If only the older or "inner" leaves are affected while the tree is still producing normal new growth this may be normal and I would not worry about it. You might also consider if some weed control product was applied that may have washed down into the tree's root system. Time is the only solution to weed killer injury.

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