Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Old Bridge, NJ
Question by sureshpatel
July 31, 2007
In front of my house, I have two identical trees and one of them is dying, on the dying tree I might have hardly 15% of the leaves. I don't know what type of tree is that. How I can identify the tree. Do have any idea, why tha other tree is dying. Thanks, Suresh.

Answer from NGA
July 31, 2007


When a tree loses 85% of its leaves it is in severe stress. This could be caused by many different reasons, but it is really not a good sign at all. The tree might have suffered root damage or trunk/bark damage, accidental exposure to chemicals such as herbicide, or there might be a pest or disease problem. If it was planted recently, perhaps it has not rooted into the surrounding soil the way it should have. I would suggest you work with your local Rutgers extension or possibly with a professionally trained and certified arborist to evaluate the tree and decide what to do. I hope it can be saved.

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