The Q&A Archives: Tulip tree

Question: I have a rather large tulip tree in my back yard. It looks as if it is sick. It only has about one third of it's normal leaf growth as of today. Any suggestions as to how to bring it back to health or is there no hope to saving the tree.

Answer: It's difficult to determine why your tree isn't thriving, but you can remove any dead or dying branches to help improve the appearance of the tree and to encourage it to put out new growth. Inspect it carefully for signs of insect activity or symptoms of disease. If you find nothing topside, there may be a problem with the roots - overwatering, underwatering, too much or too little fertilizer. Tulip trees don't have a reputation for any particularly fatal diseases, so you may be dealing with a cultural or environmental problem. I'd prune it back and wait to see what happens. Good luck!

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