Catalpa Tree Fighting for Life
Hi, We have a 12-year-old Catalpa tree in our yard that is suffering but trying to live. It has always leafed out later than some of the other trees in our neighborhood in SW Minneapolis, but it has been healthy until this spring. None of the existing branches produced leaves and appear to be dead. The Catalpa is now growing new branches with big leaves in the lower half of existing (now dead) branches. I have never seen this before. Do leave it be and see if it grows next year? Do we cut the dead branches and leave the new? Do we cut the whole thing down?
Hennepin County Minnesota
There has been a lot of random damage to catalpas this year, young and old. Largely due to the extremely cold April temperatures following a normal to above normal March. Catalpas became decimated which means they lost their normal winter hardiness, which with a normal April would have been no big deal. However, after losing their hardiness by late March and being subjected to 5 degrees F in April, there has been some dieback and even some total death of Catalpas several years old.