Serviceberry tree looking sickly

Asked September 9, 2017, 5:29 PM EDT

We have a serviceberry tree at the side of our house ()good sun, but shaded in the afternoon) - it is on an incline, but not somewhere where water stands. After the heavy rains in August, it started to look like it has bad rust and started dropping leaves. Three other serviceberries in a different location on our property look fine. Those three are much closer to junipers than this one is. Can you tell me what's wrong with the tree and if it is likely to come back OK in the spring?

District of Columbia County District of Columbia serviceberry decline tree

1 Response

You can send us digital photos so we can see what you may be dealing with. Send photos of the whole tree, around the base, and affected foliage.

In general, serviceberries are susceptible to rust http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/rust-diseases-trees-and-shrubs and lacebugs, a sucking insect. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/lace-bugs-trees-and-shrubs
Usually this time of year the tree should have enough reserves stored in their root system, can tolerate some damage, and put out new growth next spring.
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