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Jul 22, 2016 1:05 PM CST
We have a honey locust tree that is aprox 20 yrs old and has not blossomed (no leaves) and this is the middle of July. We had our tree service out to inspect it, and it shows no signs of disease, poisoning, draught, or over watering. There is a lot of healthy plants around the tree, and we have 2 other of the same trees in the yard that are doing great and are about the same age. We have our tree service check our trees every year and there has never been a problem. They said the tree is alive as there is green bark under the bark when they peeled it back. Any suggestions?
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Jul 22, 2016 1:56 PM CST
How did you attach the face (art) to the trunk of the tree? There are certain kinds of nails to use/not to use. Perhaps that may be the problem.
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Jul 22, 2016 2:06 PM CST
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Jul 22, 2016 2:31 PM CST
There are a number of things that can cause them to drop their leaves prematurely but I take it this never leafed out in the first place? Are there any leaves growing directly out of the trunk between the ground and the branches?

You may not wish to go to the expense of getting a second opinion from a local expert but if you do here is the page for finding an International Society of Arboriculture arborist:
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Jul 22, 2016 5:05 PM CST
I agree You need a certified arborist to look at your tree. Tree services are not necessarily current on tree problems. They make their living pruning and removing trees.

Have you checked some of the outer small branches (twigs near the ends) for green under the bark? You can do this yourself, just by scraping a tiny bit of bark with your thumbnail. If you see green under the bark the tree is still alive. If not, or the twig breaks off too easily that branch is probably dying. Move further in towards the trunk, doing the same thing until you see green tissue under the bark.

It really needs some leaves to pop out soon. Have you had a lot of rain recently? I'd be watering it extra if you are in the heat wave area right now. Don't forget a tree's roots are way out beyond where the branches reach, so don't just water the tree at the trunk. A deep soaking all around it might stimulate it to put out leaves if the weather has been dry.

I hope your tree survives!

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