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Premature/Dying Leaves on Maple Trees (VA)

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From: Melody Blaney
troutville, VA
I have a number of mature Maple Trees that have begun to lose their leaves. They are drying up on the tree, before falling to the ground. i have looked for a possible borer (holes, sawdust at base of trees) and have found nothing.

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Well, it could be environmental (drought, flood, herbicide , etc.) or biological (insects or disease), or a combination of the aforementioned factors. It is impossible to determine "cause" without an on-site assessment of the tree or without submitting a sample to a university plant clinic for culture.

What should you do? Quite simply, you need to contact your local state Cooperative Extension office or a local certified arborist for assistance in your home state:

Virginia Cooperative Extension:

Finding a VA Certified Arborist:

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