How to Handle Half Dead Linden Trees

Asked May 24, 2016, 9:00 AM EDT

I have 5 problematic linden trees that were installed 4 years ago (balled & burlapped). They are currently about 20-25 feet tall. After the second winter approximately half of each tree died. A couple are literally dead on one side and others are dead on the top half of the tree. One of the trees is mostly dead with only a few branches still alive. The trees do seem to be growing new small branches on the first 5-6 feet of the trunk. Just for more info, I have 6 linden trees that are planted in the weeds (tall grass) just outside of the sodded area in my yard and I have one tree in the sodded area. The tree in the sodded area is very healthy, and one tree in the weeds is ok. The other 5 in the weeds are the problematic trees. They all have mulch around them. What would you recommend I do with these trees? They look ugly so I am tempted to cut them down but would like to save them if I can. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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4 Responses

With that many trees declining I would recommend having an arborist from a local tree care company come out and take a look. They should be able to determine what is occurring and if the trees are salvageable. I have placed a link below to a site that assists in locating certified arborists in your area. http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx

Thank you for the response. I can check with certified arborist, but I believe this was due to a bad winter season a couple of years ago. This and last spring the "undead" areas came back again so there does not appear to be a persistent problem

My question is, given what these trees look like, if whatever caused this is gone, will the trees ever look normal an fill out like a normal linden again?

Thank you for the response. I can check with certified arborist, but I believe this was due to a bad winter season a couple of years ago. This and last spring the "undead" areas came back again so there does not appear to be a persistent problem

My question is, given what these trees look like, if whatever caused this is gone, will the trees ever look normal an fill out like a normal linden again?

The pictures are helpful. It appears there is a fungus, perhaps what is known as White Rot on the bark of you trees. The amount of decline appears to be enough that the tree will not come back to full health. I would recommend, as before, to have an arborist come out to give an opinion.