Inquiry about Large Leaf Linden

Asked August 2, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

One half of our linden appears to be distressed. The West side of the linden appears normal. The east side of the linden appears distressed. Are you aware of any blights or conditions that may cause the tree to appear this way? Given the significant amount of rain we've received, we have not watered any of our plants. Attached are 3 pictures for you to view.
Thank you for you time.

Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs horticulture

3 Responses

The last picture is most informative. The tree has 2 trunks and the symptoms are only on the right trunk. The growth off that trunk is weak and the leaves small. Is there any injury to the right trunk? Any digging on the right side of the tree. I suspect that what ever is wrong is close to the ground or at ground level.

Is there any injury to the right trunk? There is no injury to the trunk.

Any digging on the right side of the tree. There has been no digging to that side of the tree (except a small hole to bury some goldfish). Could that hole be responsible?

I suspect that what ever is wrong is close to the ground or at ground level.
The ground does slope to the right (east). Given the amount of rain we have had, the roots on the right side of the tree had been sitting/exposed to standing water for several days (the soil-type is mostly clay). Could the amount of rain we've had play a role?

It could be water stress. It is often difficult to improve the drainage around the tree. You really should not bury the roots very deeply with the addition of much soil. When we get to drier weather, there may be some recovery. But there could be some die-back in the roots that could set the tree up for drought stress if we get the next really dry spell. You may want to work to drain the puddle below the tree.