Birch tree top

Asked July 12, 2017, 8:52 PM EDT

Hello. My beautiful paper Birch tree has no leaves on the top. No visible insect or leaves problem or anything. Its been like this for 3 years now. An arborist told me that insects or such settled on the top of the tree and ate the top. The tree is about 30 years old. What do you think bout that? Should i be worried?

Westchester County New York

1 Response

Good morning,

It's good that you consulted an arborist! I'm inclined to agree with their assessment unless you have good reason to doubt it. Did he/she recommend the tree be removed? Are you worried about the tree dying? If insects caused permanent damage to the apical meristem of the plant it's possible that leaves will not regrow.