Texas Gardening forum: Non-Flowering Mulberry tree leaves turning yellow and have brown spots

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Aug 7, 2016 7:43 PM CST
Hoping I can get some advice here. The leaves on this tree, and it's was probably planted in the 60s, are turning yellow with brown spots and starting to fall off. I've got a couple of photos below. Hopefully someone can give me a bit of advice on what to spray it with.


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Chris
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Aug 7, 2016 9:40 PM CST
Spray it with a soaking rain! I think that's typical with these trees in very hot conditions and sporadic - at best - rainfall. It's nearing mid-August now and most of the trees in my part of the world are dropping leaves due to lack of rain and heat. It's actually normal behavior. Mulberries, sycamores, catalpas - all those with lots of surface on their leaves are particularly prone to have leaves drop at this time of year. It's also more noticeable with them due to the large size of the leaves. Oaks, elms, hackberries, pecans all do it, but it's not so noticeable.
Donald
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 8, 2016 7:36 AM CST
Thanks Donald, that's what I was thinking it was myself. The thing usually has a habit of getting tent caterpillars on it also in the summer but I don't see any sign of those. My wife pointed out that the trees (unknown what they are) in the back yard are also dropping leaves already. She wanted me to ask about the one in the front though since if we lost it there goes all the shade we have on the house in the summer.
Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Aug 9, 2016 9:38 AM CST
Hi Chris, is the mulberry your front shade or another tree?
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 9, 2016 10:48 AM CST
It's the front shade Jolana
Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
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froggardener
Aug 9, 2016 2:47 PM CST
I was looking at the pic as the the house across the street was yours. Things look different on a phone, Smiling
They make such good shade trees
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Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 9, 2016 3:35 PM CST
It is a great shade tree I just hope nothing other than lack of water and heat is the problem. The trees in the back are dropping leaves also though.
Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
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froggardener
Aug 9, 2016 4:07 PM CST
Trees all over our area are dropping leaves, have been for a while, they always do during a drought. Are you watering it?
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Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 9, 2016 6:48 PM CST
No, it would raise my water bill into the hundreds of dollars. It's got such a large root system I'd have to flood underneath the house (ours is a pier and beam house) just to get water into the root system. I'm hoping we'll get some good rain this coming weekend at least the weather wizards say we're supposed to get some.
Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
Daylilies Butterflies Dragonflies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Hibiscus
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froggardener
Aug 10, 2016 7:35 AM CST
Crossing Fingers! I hope so too!!
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You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 12, 2016 9:36 PM CST
Dont need to deep soak it. Just 10 minutes of water will send little roots to catch the moisture. However, leaf drop is how the tree conserves moisture, we are dropping oak leaves in Houston too. For us, the water means the tree wont die and fall on the roof...I have pictures of a mulberry that was supposedly 110 years old, so hopefully yours will be around awhile...
kitt
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 13, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Morning Kat, I agree, it's just a lack of water. We had a big gust of wind come through yesterday evening before the storms started and there were leaves blowing off the trees in the back like crazy. We've got high rain chances through next Thursday so hopefully that will help. It will probably be around longer than I will. It's already survived one lightning strike years back.
Chris
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 13, 2016 9:53 AM CST
Mulberries can be tough. My experience is surviving the fires and extreme drouth a few years back after the Bastrop fires. After leaf drop, if the heat and dryness keep going, then trees start to drop limbs. Strange thing to see sections of trees just drop out of the skies...hope you get the moisture
kitt

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