linden tree dying?

Asked June 11, 2018, 9:18 PM EDT

I had a bad infestation of Japanese beetles last year and this year the upper branches had very small leaves that died shortly after emerging. Some of the dead branches had dark brown slimy spots on them. What can I do?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Healthy linden trees tolerate occasional defoliation, so Japanese beetle activity probably isn't the direct cause of the die-back you have described.

You might be able to use this diagnostic tool to find out what caused the die-back:

Otherwise, consider asking a forester or certified arborist to assess the tree's health onsite and recommend a course of action.