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Jun 3, 2020 6:43 AM CST
Franklin, MA
The included images show a tree that is about 26 years old and is in Franklin, MA. It's been going downhill for several years. A lot of our neighbors have this tree and it has died. I think it may be some type of elm but I am not sure. Thoughts? Thanks! Dave
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Jun 3, 2020 7:34 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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It is not an elm. Your tree might be a type of ash. It has compound leaves consisting of 5 leaflets arranged on the petiole. Two pairs of leaves and culminating in a terminal leaflet.
The outer bark should "feel corky" to the touch and shallowly furrowed.
I was wrong. The old brain wasn't awake yet. Pignut hickory is probably what you have. It has compound leaves with 5 leaflets.
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Jun 3, 2020 9:35 AM CST
Franklin, MA
Thanks BigBill! Now that I know the likely type of tree I have, I can research diseases of those trees and its lifespan to see if there is a solution to this issue. Regards...Dave
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Jun 3, 2020 10:15 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Well at least you have a place to start.
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Jun 3, 2020 10:27 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Ash trees have opposite leaves while Hickory have alternate. I would think if it was a Hickory, you would have hickory nuts on the ground in the fall.

Either way, the tree is probably being killed by borer beetles.
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Jun 3, 2020 11:10 AM CST
Franklin, MA
Thanks Daisy. I don't think there are hickory nuts on the ground in the fall below the tree. I haven't noticed any beetles on the tree. Do you know if there is any type of treatment for borer beatles? Dave
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Jun 3, 2020 11:39 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Look at the bark very closely, especially near the ground. You are looking for tiny holes and sawdust.

Read this:
http://www.emeraldashborer.inf...
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