Smoke Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Churchville, Ne
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Question by tom528
August 10, 2010
Leaves on two or three branches are dying the remainder of the plant looks fine.

Answer from NGA
August 10, 2010
I can't tell from your description whether there's a root problem (affected branches on one side of the smoke tree), or if each of the branches have been damaged by insect or disease problems. Carefully inspect the branches for signs of insects feeding, diseases (spots, raised areas, cankers, etc.), holes. Look also at the branch collar (where the branch meets the main trunk). If you see nothing out of the ordinary, the problem may be with the roots. You can try scraping the bark with your fingernail. If you see green tissue beneath the bark the branch is still alive and should produce healthy new leaves to replace the dead ones; if the tissue beneath the bark is brown, that part of the branch is dead. Prune away the dead branch until you come to live wood or until you reach the trunk or main stem. Hope you determine just what's going on with your smoke tree.

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