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Paper Birch w/ Yellowing Leaves (IL)

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From: Kelly Kennedy
Belvidere, IL
My birch trees have yellow leaves and they have started to fall off already this year. Do you know what would cause this and how I can correct the issue? Please let me know. Thank you, Kelly

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Kelly:

Diagnosing plant health concerns over the internet is extremely difficult, if not impossible, due to the obvious lack of information necessary to make proper recommendations. If you truly want or need immediate technical assistance, please contact a professional tree service company with a certified arborist on staff for an on-site evaluation, or submit a sample from your affected plant to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic:

However, I can think of three fairly common problems that affect white/paper birch: bronze birch borer, birch leafminer, and water/heat stress.

To read more about the aforementioned, please visit:

How to Grow and Maintain a Healthy Birch Tree (USDA Forest Service Publication)

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