I have a tree in my front yard. It doesn't getting green at all. I am...

Asked May 9, 2015, 7:47 PM EDT

I have a tree in my front yard. It doesn't getting green at all. I am attaching couple photos. Could you please let me know how to treat the tree?

Dakota County Minnesota

4 Responses

Only one picture was attached. It looks like a red maple with some galls. Galls are not harmful. Here is some information about them:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/insect-and-mite-galls/

If this is the tree that you intended to send a picture of and it has not yet leafed out, scrape a little of the bark off of a branch and look to see if there is a green layer right under the bark. If there is, the tree is alive and should eventually leaf. If there is no green, the tree s dead and should be removed.

If this is not a red maple and its leaves are normally green, the tree is experiencing some kind of stress. Perhaps the roots have girdled the tree or there is another reason the tree is unhappy. You should have a certified arborist look at it to see if it can be saved. http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx

Please feel to reply with pictures if this did not answer your question.


I have attached the photo of tree and closer look of leaf. It is leafing, but not green. I am not sure if the tree is of that sort or missing some things. Really appreciate your response.

If it is a red maple, it is fine (except for the gall), but it would benefit from pruning: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/.

If it is not a red maple and normally has green leaves, the tree is showing stress and should be looked at by an arborist. But, it looks like a normal red or red blend maple to me.

I forgot to say that other reasons that trees get stressed are drought or cold temperatures. Many of my Duluth-area trees currently have leaves that are similar in color to yours. I expect them to turn green once warm weather returns. Here is an article on it: http://northernwoodlands.org/articles/article/why_do_leaves_in_spring_sometimes_appear_more_red_than...
I wouldn't worry about your tree right now.