River Birch Tree Problem - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by youngrba
July 1, 2009
Our River Birtch tree suffered some damage about 4 years ago during a hurricane In Virginia. It actually fell over on the ground during the storm. It has not recovered and it has been 4 years. In the meantime, we added a salt water swimming pool that will drain off towards the tree. Could this be hurting the tree and are there any recommendations on treating the problem?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2009


I don't think the saline water from your pool is going to do the roots of your birch tree any favors. I suspect you will see poor growth and yellowing/browing leaves early in the season, and a stunted growth habit. Since the tree has already suffered some damage from the hurricane and reportedly has never really recovered, I'd think seriously about removing the tree - or at least moving it to a better spot in the landscape. It may establish and grow well for you when it is not subjected to runoff from your salt water pool. Best wishes with your landscape.

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