Most of us live amongst trees that were planted during the suburban sprawl in the 1950s-60s. These were commonly used and have a tendency to begin declining after a certain age. Most notably are the common white dogwood, crabapples, willows and Japanese ‘bloodgood’ maples. These trees are prone to disease, especially when they’re over 40 years old. Check out the trees on your property and call a professional or ask me if you have any questions about their health (pictures will help!). One sign of a problem is brown or purple spots on the leaves or flowers, and lackluster branches. The good news is sometimes they can be treated. Also, new trees come in robust hybrid disease-resistant species that are readily available.
Here’s what some healthy trees look like.