Ailing maple tree.

Asked July 15, 2016, 4:15 PM EDT

My wife and I planted this maple tree a number of years ago. We started noticing dying, fall like colors at the top maybe 5-7 years ago but thought little of it. This spring early I noticed the whole center is dead.....dead, dead! The main trunk is about 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Before I put it out of it's misery, I'd like your opinion and diagnosis and maybe your thoughts on whether it's something that can spread. In the one picture, you can see that the leaves on that particular branch have started to wilt, so whatever is wrong is progressing. Jeff Stricker 763-421-5531 Anoka, Minn. 55303

Anoka County Minnesota

3 Responses

It is probably a problem in the roots. If it is root rot planting another maple or susceptible tree in the same place is not recommended.
The plant disease clinic at the U or a certified arborist can diagnose the cause of the trees demise.

So let me get this straight, there is no saving this tree, correct? I just want to make sure before I destroy it.

What you are asking me is the same as asking a Dr. if the patient is terminal without seeing the patient. I can't tell you if the tree will die without seeing it. The limb without leaves certainly looks dead and it looks like a hazard limb. The main trunk needs to be examined.