Asked September 29, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT

Hello, In our community many of the homes have the same type of tree. Can you identify what type of tree it is from the photo below? Our tree seem to shed it's leaves more often and has that neon green tint Around its trunk. I am going to assume that it's some type of disease or fungus. Also the grass near the tree is gone/dead, not sure if there is a correlation What is going on with the tree and how should I treat it? The other trees in the community have all green leves.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This is a type of ornamental cherry tree. It is quite common for these trees to drop their leaves early; some cherries are already completely defoliated at this time of year. There is a common leaf disease called cherry shot hole that causes early defoliation. It is generally not practical to treat the disease. It would require sprays from budbreak in the early spring and every two weeks or so in the summer.

The ground with the lawn just looks like it has gotten too dry. The light green patches around the trunk are lichens (a combination of algae and fungus) and they are harmless to a mature tree.

Make sure the mulch at the base of the tree isn't to thick. A good rule of thumb is to apply no more than three inches of mulch. Keep it at least three inches away from the trunk of the tree.