Charlotte formerly worked as an editor of a garden channel and has extensive knowledge of plant care. I've read all the comments regarding Maple Tree problems, but can't seem to find my answer. It isn't unusual for a tree that large, and probably old, to lose a few limbs, especially in high winds or other inclement weather. is the soil type the same in their different locations? As I look up into the tree, I see the same 'stuff' lining the healthy branches. The insects are nothing to worry about. Sapstreak disease of sugar mapleSapstreak disease, caused by the fungus Ceratocystis coerulescens, is a serious threat to sugar maple forests. Tree-boring insects are only looking for a bed-and-breakfast site to pass their larval stage, but they do serious damage to ornamental trees. Hi S. Baker, The spots sound like a fungal problem, but it also sounds like possibly something more serious, like verticillium wilt. Unfortunately, trees with root rot usually can't be salvaged and need to be cut down to prevent injuring people or damaging property. Alternatively, the Japanese maple is susceptible to two other problems that cause similar leaf problems: aphids (visible on the underside of leaves), which leave a sticky residue - I use Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub, as it kills sucking insects and fertilizes at the same time. Sooty mold feeds on the sticky honeydew left by aphids and scale insects, which can sometimes be found on maple trees. There are red/black dots on the top of the leaves also (looks like your maple bladder gall pictures) but we have had that in the past. Temp is about 16-22 degrees normally. In the late fall you may want to prune any dead branches, if that is what has happened to that side of the tree. Any and all help is greatly appreciated and I'll post on the page whatever I find out. Had a tree guy over he said to cut it down. I don't think your tree is dying- it just needs a little extra care. Yes, pruning/shaping the tree to reduce the weight on the limbs would definitely help. Anthracnose can be controlled by removing dead leaves from the base of your trees in the fall. ), or it is exposed to a lot of wind. The only problem I can foresee with this is continuous high winds. The leaves are turning red and I skipped a day of watering and on side the leaves are dying (brown and curling). Under the branches are little white cottony balls - about the size of an eraser. Now the waiting game begins- most maples can leaf more than once when they are stressed, so your tree may show improvement by July. Depending on the variety, maples are used for rough construction or in the making of fine furniture. Avoid putting any type of paste or tar in the wounds as it only inhibits the healing process from this type of injury. No leaves, branches are very brittle and brake easly. Note, however, that … Answer: My first thought on this was cottony maple scale, but it seems early in the season for this particular problem. They will take advantage of a tree that has damaged/moist wood in trees. For more information on maple problems, refer to the fact sheet HGIC 2005, Maple Diseases & Insect Pests. In my own experience, this has helped me to eliminate a variety of landscape pests including aphids. I'm guessing it is a soft spot in a 50 year old tree. By H. T. Fernald [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Treating the trees is usually not affective because the spores can travel from a neighbor's tree onto yours. If borers have already taken up residence in your maple, consider the most effective ways to remove them. This virus causes discolored leaves. I wouldn't cut the tree down with the bees in it though- that's just asking for trouble! On the south side of the bark it has a vertical thinly split region about 2 inches long with the bark around this sore turning black, and evidence of sticky maple dripping down the trunk under it and two feet down to the mulch below, where there are lots of tiny ants moving all around and up the trunk itself. I hope that makes sense- what you're trying to accomplish is to bring the split back together. Does the wood look shredded or dry and easily scraped away where the bark/limbs came off? Thanks! This is the escape tunnel. 1. Doesn't sound unreasonable, but not really sure what the root cause is, so hesitant how best to act. The inner part of the leaf around the veins may remain green. In severe cases, it can cause defoliation; otherwise it's a minor stress on the tree's ability to photosynthesize. Call your local Cooperative Extension office (your county office will have their number), and ask if they can help you identify what bug(s) are attacking your tree, and if the tree needs to come down for safety reasons. ... which generally colonize only trees that are severely stressed. But again the whole neighborhood has the same soil. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) Question: My maple tree is in a pot. Tree borers are a group of insects that lay their eggs on or inside of trees, where the young larvae eat their way through living tissues. In response to the photos you posted, you could remove the wooden boards from around the tree for aesthetic reasons, and it would prevent litter from collecting there. The trunk diameter is about 3" wide and the tree is about 7ft. They can be identified by falling major limbs with dark tunnels visible at the break, sawdust at the base of the tree, and an opening plugged with wet sawdust Fungus feeding fruit flies, and dried fruit beetles were seen feeding in large numbers on carpenter worm openings. Hi Mary, There are several beetles that may be responsible, or they could be carpenter ants (which wouldn't kill your tree, they're attracted to the honeydew). Will the tree come back? Leaf scorch seldom kills trees; deep watering is the recommended treatment. Leaf loss is seldom enough to affect tree health. Physiological leaf scorch is the most common. When the bark is coming off of a tree, and there are woodpecker holes, along with dying limbs, it usually means the tree is dying. High winds also help it migrate. its slow release, has nitrogen in it, helps to reduce evapotranspiration, helps retain moisture!, protects from cold weather. The maple is one of North America's most versatile and best-loved deciduous trees. I am not sure if it is related but a few years ago another large apparently healthy bigleaf maple (a local native species. If so, do you have a recommendation for a young tree planted in full sun and exposed to high winds? AnthracnoseAnthracnose (Discula spp., Kabatiella apocrypta) is a name for a group of diseases caused by several closely related fungi that attack many of our finest shade trees. This is the second year I have noticed this. Scorch symptoms tell us that one or more of the following factors are affecting the tree: 1. Maple petiole borers do not affect the health of the tree or its appearance. I water the trees as much as my neighbors.But the trees are always greener on the other side :( I want to help my tree grow. Maple Tree Tar Spot. Currently, there are several beetles which can kill maples and are considered a threat by the U.S. Forest Service. No stuff was seen the last 2 years. The ends of the leaf stems are often black and the leaves are still green. In the meantime, help your tree avoid any more stress- give it a mild tree fertilizer (I use Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub once a year, available at nurseries and WalMart, for example), and be sure it is watered well at least once a week when there isn't sufficient rain. Then, last year, I noticed lots of white, spotty looking fungus on the branches. Winged brown insects that are about the size of a nickel or smaller, Large number of varieties; usually look like black, red, brown, or green abnormalities such as a pimple or a needle. Fungi overwinter in leaves left in the yard, which will guarantee the same problems again the following year. My name is Annie and I live at the other side of the Atlantic(in the UK). This is best done by a professional- especially if you have a large tree. Other times, a tree can succumb in as little as two or three years. I cannot even find a picture of what it looks like anywhere on the internet. If so how long before you see results and would it work on huge trees? I'm not sure exactly what may be causing the lesions you speak of. Thanks so much taking the time to post all the information here on your hub. The Top Hardwood Tree Killing Insects . Everything seemed to be fine but now most of the leaves are dead (dry up and turn brown) on one of the larger trees and the other one has lost a lot of the leaves in the top 1/3 of the tree. This condition typically occurs when trees experience long periods of cold, wet weather. Hi Eric, The tree is savable, but it also depends on how much you want the tree, and is it aesthetically pleasing. and maple velvet gall (caused by mites; looks like a red velvet patches on leaves; primarily found on silver, Norway and boxelder maples). We've had a wet spring, so I've watered only after a couple days of dry weather using Miracle Grow and other types of fertilizer. Tar SpotThese dramatic but inconsequential diseases of numerous maple species cause small to almost one-inch diameter tar-like spots on leaves. Fortunately, it's not harmful because it feeds off of the air rather than the trees. are there any other stress factors, fungi, dieback, insects at the spot? I do still have newer leaves emerging on the problematic tree, but the tree sometimes looks wilted. Same thing happened, lost the leaves and then the trees died. Other host plants that are usually only slightly affected include linden (basswood), tulip tree, hickory, birch, and walnut. We have many Maple's in our yard and it could have been any tree but this was our favorite! So what should I do? Anthracnose is different from leaf scorch in that the browning occurs in random spots on the leaves and along the veins. The fungus winters-over on fallen leaves. Are there shelf-like fungal growths forming on your tree (brown on top, white underneath)? Charlotte Gerber (author) from upstate New York on June 11, 2010: Hi MelissaJ, The damaged root could be the source of the problem with the one side of the tree. Question: My red maple looks like it’s evenly coated in something shiny. It is caused by dry … The eggs are usually lain near buds and blossoms, which the larvae then feed on until they're so heavy that they fall off the leaf. Hi Pat Pope, I don't think your tree is sick, rather, the age of the tree has much to do with what you're seeing. Also I lost two larger sugar maple trees last year. Topping injures a tree in a number of ways, making it more susceptible to infestation by insects and disease-causing organisms. Hi Natasha, I believe you are describing leaf scorch- the outer perimeter of the leaf becomes dry and brown and the edges curl up. Another problem is Verticillium Wilt - requires pruning to remove the affected branches. Charlotte Gerber (author) from upstate New York on September 20, 2010: Hi Bruce, There is a borer beetle that likes maple trees - the Asian Longhorned Beetle. You can treat trees with Bayer Advanced 12 month Tree and Shrub Insect Control. Thanks! where are the roots in relation to the trunk?, are they the butress roots? For example I suppose in the short term even more watering would help. When inspecting the tree I noticed several of the ends of the branches had a small insect stuck to them. While they look nice during the season, they are driving me crazy with all the leaves they drop...which I could live with, but they have also started dropping a lot of sap. I have 4 acer atropurpureum maples.. 3 are doing well no problems... but one something (I think) eating the leaves... some of the leaves have fallen off the others have very light brown marks on them, kind of thin lines then bigger in parts.... edges of the leaves look like they have been nibbled ...I have had a good look on and under the leaves and so far haven't spotted anything... it's a small plant as ive only had them since last year.. Last summer the leaves started to turn and fall early. Tar spot will not kill your trees, but it's unsightly and can cause them to drop their leaves before the fall season. Leaves higher up and near the tops are slowly shriveling up and dying. Usually the best approach is to do nothing. The fungus enters through the tree's roots. Should I try to get rid of them and if yes, how do I go aboput it? It continues to lose bark, sometimes in large pieces. This condition you describe is sun scorch; the leaves may turn yellow or red, and in severe cases, turn brown and curl up around the edges. Any ideas as to what's happening and how I can fix it? should I spray the tree for the insect? Call your local Cooperative Extension office to see if they can come out and take a core sample to test. Everything was fine - in the last week we had one savage windy day. I would say the best way to ensure a tree gets adequate nutrients is to put mulch down, an inch or so at the most. Once the tree has begun healing, the sap will stop and the ants will disappear. In fact, some people cultivate for this. I really don't want to loose it ... any help would be greatly appreciated. Maple petiole borer larva next to damaged stem (petiole) of a sugar maple leaf. Recently i knew about Maple pest Control Services which seems to be too much beneficial for maple tree pests. Hi Cindy, My neighbor has a similar problem with bees and a hollowed out tree. In a report by the USDA tracking sapstreak in sugar maples, they note that "[s]ometimes disease progression . Last fall, my husband and I planted an October Glory Red Maple in our yard. Charlotte Gerber (author) from upstate New York on June 10, 2010: Hi June, The gall condition won't kill the tree, but it is unsightly. When I scratched the surface of the exposed inner bark,orange dust came off. While the tree is still alive, obviously it isn't a healthy tree because it has a large hole in it that the bees are living in- the heart of the tree is dying, which is probably what is happening to your tree. Next, make sure your tree is getting enough water. Severely affected trees may exhibit leaf loss. The tree was losing leaves in July, now they are 60% or more gone. and if it's dying back consult a qualified arborist. the sap only goes about three feet down the tree, and the tree looks wet in the area until you get close to observe it then you see that the sap is being leaked out of the tree. The best way to prevent these in the future is to do a good fall cleanup (assuming you don't have dozens of trees, or an untidy neighbor). Scale insects leave behind a layer of sooty mold, and you can also spot their colorful clumps on leaves and twigs. On one of the trees the leaves seem to be developing holes and it looks as though they're being eaten. I soak the ground for about 3 days, once a month during the summer, and it gets water from the lawn sprinklers every third day for approx 20 mins. If you do cut them down, consider selling the lumber instead of giving it away- a healthy, large maple tree (or several) is valuable to lumber dealers. I am suspicious that I have some form of insect boring intop the branches (based on looking at a couple of these branches where they final broke off - This usmmer a health brach came down and you could see where something had basically cut it through part way - Lookinf for suggestions if there are any on treating the tree to keep this from continuing - the tree is starting to look thin. It may be a borer beetle, but several different beetles affect maple trees. In addition, timber salvage value is low because the wood is discolored. If the tree has to be cut down in the future, an unsuspecting person cutting down the tree could be injured. Scale insects feed on the inner part of a tree’s bark and can cause leaf yellowing, stunted growth, branch dieback and tree death. Scale insects are sap feeding insects. It's been in my front yard growing very well for the past few years, and stands 10+ feet tall now. We have what may be a Japanese maple, about 15 feet tall, in front of our house in eastern Maryland. In the last 2 weeks at the base of the lower branches (center of the tree) it has begun to leaf out, but no leafs yet on the surrounding branches. The trees still look healthy. Some types of soft scales include lec… I have a huge old maple in my yard that has recently started leaking water from trunk, about five foot from ground. My tree looks like it's starting to have some problems. I have a mature maple ( about35 - 40 years old) This year the leaves a much smaller than normal. The late frost, coupled with what seems like an increase in sucking insects are really stressing out the trees. I am literally at a point where I am considering having them removed as they are a year round headache as far as maintenance. Stress to woody plants may be the result of mechanical injury, recent transplanting, over-watering, or drought. I have two old silver maples in my back yard. We live in Eastern PA. ... Other host plants that are usually only slightly affected include linden (basswood), tulip tree, hickory, birch, and walnut. One of the worst diseases that your tree can get is verticillium wilt. You can also find a green or brownish green color in the sapwood of affected trees. I would contact a local nursery or arborist to find out what you could use to treat the tree- it probably can be saved, even if it does have anthracnose. I don't see anything inside the globs which are about the size of a dime. Get the kind of braces that are covered with rubber or a similar thick, soft material so that they don't dig into the tree. Galls are abnormal structures formed when a plant's hormones mix with an insect's. If so I assume we would have to wait until winter for a pruning? Do you know what it could be? You'll know it's this mold if it rubs off easily on your fingers when you touch it. many thanks for your blog it is great! The rest looked like it was starting to get buds, yet when I climbed the ladder and touched them, the buds seem dry and just fall off. Lichen, pronounced "liken," isn't a plant. One of them has been trimmed in the past, while the other has pretty much grown on its' own, it is huge. It is important to note that maple leaf gall will not harm the tree- it is just unsightly. The damage done by this disease is mainly cosmetic. Tree has a five year old honey bee colony inside. Personally, I've had luck with Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub (available at WalMart and other similar stores in the garden section) for my maples. The Bayer treatment is absorbed through the roots of the trees, then as the bugs suck on the tree sap they will die. The leaves usually fall off in the early spring, followed by a second set of leaves which also die off. Red Maple Pests. Phytophthora root rot is caused by a wet spring or leaving your maple tree in poorly drained soil. Thanks. I have it on my maple trees in my own front yard as well. The leaves have numerous small holes in them as if they are being eaten by insects. I’m guessing, based on what I’ve read, that the roots are compacted. Currently there are several species of beetle that are invading maple and ash trees, killing them in large numbers. Hi Siv Low, I think your trees, along with most other people's trees in the U.S., suffered stress with the unusual spring (with a late frost) we had this year. Thank you for any help you can provide. Our 5 year old Maple started losing leaves in the center of the trunk about 6 weeks ago. Hi Susan, (Go Bucks!) It's caused by a fungal pathogen in the genus Rhytisma. Thanks again for any help or suggestions. From helicopters to leaves to the sap... One arborist said you don't see too many maples reach this age and be relatively healthy. As for your tree not growing as fast as you think it should, many maples this year and last were stressed because of the late frost that hit them. Once the top of the tree has been cut off, especially a very young tree, it may not reach its true height. My husband has been threatening to cut down our silver maples and I am beginning to agree with him. Last year there were even more dead leaves, and some of the dead branches were split. I live in downtown Chicago and for this summer almost all of the maple trees in our neighborhood have developed white spots on the green leaves. It'll look similar on a maple. I've added a photo of them to the slideshow above in my article. If the spots make an appearance next year, you could spray the leaves with a fungicide; contact your county Cooperative Extension office (in the US) to find out what fungicides are allowed in your area. We have lived in our house in Pennsylvania for 20 years and have never experienced this problem with our trees. When you touch them they are sticky. If you don't have a problem with it, you can keep the tree as the bees are using it. Certain branches are not leafing out anymore and the tree just isn't as full as it used to be. The underlying cause of your problem may be related to the amount of sunlight your tree is receiving. You probably only have one option, which is cutting off one of the trunks that developed in the Y. . the same age. Severely affected trees may exhibit leaf loss. I do not notice anything strange on any of the leaves. Dead major limbs could identify borer infestations.". Your tree(s) should recover if it is kept well watered during drought conditions. If there is too much shade on your tree, the leaves can revert to a green color. This condition you describe is sometimes caused by a late frost followed by a rapid thaw, thus causing splits in tree trunks. To look at it from any angle other than while standing under the canopy, the tree looks full & healthy. The tree is leafing well but not growing good. I am very attached to my baby tree and want to see it survive. USA: 1051 Clinton Street, Buffalo, NY 14206, All Prices in USD. they don't fall to the ground. This spring it has yet to leaf out. My wife and I just brought home a gorgeous new Fireglow about 2 weeks ago. We had two tree people come out to look at it, one told us it was drought and wind damage and to fertilize in the fall. Two symptoms of verticillium wilt are yellowing leaves and wilting leaves. Any ideas why? Newly emerged scales crawl to the leaves and settle on the undersurface and begin a sedentary existence of feeding on the tree’s sap. Eventually you should plant the tree in the ground. Over time, they may girdle trees or weaken branches to the point that they break under pressure. This Spring only about 25% of the tree is leafing out. What an informative website! Yes, the Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub will get rid of them, but it may take a week to two weeks to totally kill them all. In the meantime, make sure your tree gets watered weekly (minimum) if there isn't any significant rainfall in your area. This year the die off is extensive and we have lost 75% of the leaves on the entire tree. Question: A big piece of bark fell off my large silver maple tree. Usually, native borers (like the bronze birch borer) seek out trees that are already stressed, i.e., by drought, disease, or maybe a pruning injury. I thought this would go away with summer but I think it is getting worse. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant... http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/barkspli... maple bladder gall (caused by mites, looks like pimples, likes silver and red maples especially, usually appear in May), maple spindle gall (caused by eriophyid mites like. Half of the tree has leaves. Contact insecticides are effective, but only when applied to adult borer insects before they lay eggs; once the larvae develop inside the tree wood, they are protected from insecticide treatments. I bought my house about 4 yrs ago and there's a maple tree in the middle of my backyard. If you see shelf-like fungal growths on your tree (which signals heart rot), call an arborist or your local Cooperative Extension office for an on-site inspection. The spots first appear as small yellow spots in June. cazzart from England , west Yorkshire on April 25, 2011: could anyone help.. No sign of anything other than a few earwigs around the tree. On the same branch one leaf could be curling tightly and the one adjacent could be perfect. I am not sure what they are, but they are almost certainly just coincidental. You can also apply fungicide, but you may need a commercial application depending on the size and number of trees that may be affected. Maple tree insects vary in what can control them. Do you think these can be fixed, and if so how can i do this? You can also resort to fungicides (both natural and chemical) to help fight it. I bought a "multipurpose fungicide, insecticide, and miticide" a while back (per the recommendation of the nursery where I bought the tree), but when I got home, I realized the directions said "Do not apply to wilted or otherwise stressed plants or to newly transported material prior to root establishment" - and it looks to me like the tree is pretty stressed out. Wood borers are insects that develop underneath the bark of trees and shrubs. PS: I have to sadly also mention that the soil in my yard is not of the best quality since we have to fight a lot of weeds and do a lot of work to get our yard green. Charlotte Gerber (author) from upstate New York on August 01, 2010: Hi Brenda, It sounds like you have carpenter ants. Some variants include: This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Gypsy Moth: The exotic gypsy moth is one of the "most notorious pests of hardwood trees in the Eastern United States." I have a 5 year old silver maple that I grew from a seed that fell from my parents tree. Carpenter worm infestations are often overlooked. I'm pretty sure it's anthracnose and have been picking up any fallen leaves. The leaves start showing up very late in the spring (that too sparingly). Leaves may fall in August. I suggest you first visit the following website: http://forestthreats.org/. Lichen can be found on many maple varieties, but it's more commonly seen on mature trees. Also, don't use concrete to fill a hole. (I could forward you some pictures if these could be of any). Recently brown mushrooms appeared on the grass surrounding the tree (about 2 meters away from the tree) - could that be an indication of fungal infection at the roots of the tree or just a coincidence? Verticillium Wilt Maple wilt, also called Verticillium wilt, is a common and serious disease of maples. Unlike many of the items in this article, scorch isn't caused by a bacteria or a fungus, which also means that it's not infectious. Follow the directions closely using these types of products so you don't burn the tree roots. About 1/2 inch long, it’s dark wings cross along its back. Last year it was not as full and this year it has even less leaves than last years. Soil is not very well drained, high amounts of clay and low lying, and it has been a very rainy year so far and much of last one too, but the tree has good drainage from where it stands as our yard slopes from there. Usually larger than armored scales 3. 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