flowering crab tree

Asked August 12, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

This spring I noticed only one branch of the original tree was alive. All the live branches were on the first lowest branch that came out of the trunk. I noticed all of the leaves are dried and dead but the branches are supple. Is my tree dead or do you think it is diseased? Thank you

Clay County Minnesota

1 Response

It may be better to replace the flowering crab tree if it is in a very visible location. The leaves produce the energy that feeds the roots and trunk. It sound like the tree has lost more than one third of it branches. The tree will probable be unable to recover. There are many reasons why the tree branches may have died. web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/downloads/9210.pdf‎