Ask a Consulting Arborist Q&A: Tree Health

Q: Why would one of two pear trees be failing?

Thursday, December 31, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon Sperati

Q: We own two flowering pear trees that are 10 to 12 years old. One looks fine, but the other is sickly looking. Starting this year in May, we noticed that the tree was losing leaves and thinning out. Its leaves were prematurely turning yellow, and it looked weak this summer. In September, some leaves have started to turn red for the fall. Might there be a way to heal or save our tree?

A: Your information is limited, but the condition you describe could either be a root graft issue or the tree may be planted too deep. Both of these conditions are common and cause reduction of growth and vigor. You should call a local ISA Certified Arborist to do an onsite diagnosis.


Responder: Jeffrey Ling, RCA #337, Fort Wayne, IN