Little leaf Linden

Asked July 1, 2018, 2:36 PM EDT

I planted my little leave linden about 18 years ago , this year's the leaves have not matured like they usually do. Can u help me?

Dave Biedrzycki

DuPage County Illinois

1 Response

Hi Dave,

From the picture it could most likely be a root system issue. It appears that the tree has been planted (or originally grown) too deeply as the trunk at ground line looks like a telephone pole going down into the ground. Root systems of trees planted too deeply can result in girdling roots, reduced oxygen for tree roots, excessive moisture held in the root zone, and increased stress on the tree. I would contact a local Certified Arborist to inspect the tree to see if there is something else going on that I am unable to diagnose from the picture. Sadly a tree that appears this far gone with such a sparce canopy this far into the growing season usually means that the tree is on the decline and not salvagable.

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