Dying dogwood tree.

Asked August 10, 2016, 10:01 AM EDT

Have a small dogwood tree, about 14 in. high. The leaves are beginning to turn a darker color and shrivel up. Any suggestions On what I can do. Thanks much.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania

5 Responses

Can you see any evidence of leaf spot disease or insect activity on the tree? Dogwoods are prone to leaf spot and borers. Can you send any photos of the tree?

No sign of insect activity. Most of the top of leaves have turned from green to dark grey. And the leaves are beginning to shrivel up. Entire plant looks sick. Leaf spot, maybe. Don't know what leaf spot looks like. Tomorrow in daylight will try to take a picture.
Thanks much.
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No sign of insect activity. Most of the top of leaves have turned from green to dark grey. And the leaves are beginning to shrivel up. Entire plant looks sick. Leaf spot, maybe. Don't know what leaf spot looks like. Tomorrow in daylight will try to take a picture.
Thanks much.
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No sign of insect activity. Most of the top of leaves have turned from green to dark grey. And the leaves are beginning to shrivel up. Entire plant looks sick. Leaf spot, maybe. Don't know what leaf spot looks like. Tomorrow in daylight will try to take a picture.
Thanks much.
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Without seeing any photo's it's really hard to say what is going on. Dogwoods are susceptible to a host of ailments. Many include the symptoms you have described. I am sending you a couple links that will help describe some of the more common diseases. Read them over and if you still need help you can always bring in a sample to your local extension office. Bring in a good sample including as much as possible.
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/notes/Ornamental/odin23/od23.htm
https://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/howtos/ht_dogwd/ht_dog.htm