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Large amount of early leaf drop

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by save$, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    I don't know what has brought this on this year, but there is a large amount of leaves dropping before the usual fall foliage. These leaves seem smaller than usual. Sometimes it is just one side of the tree. (South) image.jpg
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  2. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    I'm no tree expert, but I would suspect dry conditions this summer. Did you have a drier than normal summer?
    The leaves on our maples are bright orange already, somewhat earlier than normal.
  3. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    I can honestly say that this was one of the wettest summers we have had. One of my " theories" is that we had a lot tender growth during the very wet June, then it got scorching hot in July. That may have burned or otherwise harmed the leaves. The leaf drop seems to come from the south sided and tops of the trees.
  4. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I've noticed the same thing. I don't have idea why it's happening though.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Too wet can cause some of the same problems as too dry.
  6. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Happening around here to, although I can't say it on one side of the trees.
    I've only noticed it on the Silver Maples, but they are one of our most common street/yard trees. I'm pretty sure water stress is to blame here. We had a very wet spring & early summer, but were very dry from late July. Drought conditions until just a few days ago.
    2 mature Silvers in my back yard have dropped about 3/4 of their leaves. 2 mature Silvers in my front yard have drop virtually none. Trees in the front benefit from me watering gardens, shrubs & occasionally the grass. All my Silver Maples dropped leaves starting in July last year from the heat & drought.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Happening here because the 17 year Cicadas killed off ends of branches. They started falling in early August.
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  8. DevilsBrew

    DevilsBrew Minister of Fire

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    Same here. Started a couple weeks ago.
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Noticed this as well . . . might not be a particularly colorful Fall with so many dead leafs dropping.
  10. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    We have seen the same here, but its spotty. I look across the street and a number of my neighbors trees have significant color. But look out back and most of ours are still fully green, except for one maple that's starting to brown a bit. I wonder if it has to do with water and local conditions? (ie areas that drain well vs. areas that stay wet).
  11. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I just noticed the first leaves falling this weekend. Peak foliage is like mid- October normally here.

    I think the extra rain may have something to do with it- the lawn never turned brown, and maybe you're right- the leaves grew when they normally don't
  12. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    We had a very wet spring and early summer. Now we're borderline moderate drought. I think the trees put on extra leaves when it was wet and began shedding them when it dried out.
  13. maple1

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    We've got a bug or worm in the area here that has stripped large expanses of maples. Just kind of started being noticed - but all the leaves fell off them in the last month or so. Not sure what it is exactly or what it will mean for next year. No colour change involved.
  14. webbie

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    Other than a few odd (sickly) trees, just some starting to turn gold or red. I'd say nowhere near leaf peeping yet......just a tinge of color, and nothing too out of normal.
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    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    The maple trees around here are still full of leaves. However the leaves have all turned. Poplar trees have lost 50% of their leaves. WEird.
  16. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Some maples are just shedding their leaves. I have one in my front yard that has shed nearly all the leaves on one side and the top. Odd fall.

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