"fried" leaves on lilac tree

Asked October 1, 2018, 8:59 PM EDT

Hi, experts. I have a lilac cultivated as a tree in my yard. In the last several months, I've noticed that most of the leaves are dried on the edges - "fried" looking at the edges. I've attached a photo. What's the problem here and how might I improve the health and appearance of the leaves and of the tree?

Prince George's County Maryland shrubs lilac leaves scorched

2 Responses

This is symptomatic of a vascular disruption, which could be from the death of a root, scorch, or physical damage.
It's been a tough year, and many plants are looking stressed.
They want full sun and well-drained soil.
Lilacs are generally tough and vigorous in the right place, but growing it in a tree form complicates things as they would usually counter difficulties by producing suckers or more top growth.
The leaves will not recover, but hopefully will return fresh in the spring.

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Thanks much. I'll see how the leaves look in the spring and then maybe make some changes. I appreciate your expertise!