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Maple Tree Decline Issues

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From: Anthony Singer
Galesburg, IL
I have two very mature sugar maples in my yard. Last year one lost its leaves noticeably sooner than the other. This year it is way behind in growing leaves with some bare spots. I've lived here for thirty years and this has never happened before. Any thoughts?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Anthony:

It's extremely difficult if not impossible to diagnose tree health issues over email or the phone. The first thing that comes to mind is verticillium wilt.

You can send a plant sample to the UI Plant Clinic to see if it indeed verticillium wilt:

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