American Elm

Asked June 2, 2017, 12:35 PM EDT

We have an American Elm, yes it is an American Elm, that is 27 years old. This year for the first time, the leaves were very late, the leaves that have emerged are small. In the last couple of days, we have noticed the leaves are wilting. Is there anything we can do? What I have read says that symptoms of Dutch Elm present in July.... Thank you.

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

This sounds concerning. As far as timing, this has been an early year for plant diseases and pests and Dutch Elm Disease could be showing up.

You should contact a tree health expert i.e. Certified Arborist to come to your property for an on-site evaluation of your tree.

Certified Arborists are credentialed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Depending on how extensive the problem is, they may be able to treat the tree to keep the pathogen at bay.
You can search for a certified arborist at