Purple Locust appears dead

Asked June 11, 2019, 10:12 PM EDT

Hi,

I have a 4-5 year old purple locust that was growing really well but his year all of a sudden didn't have any leaves. If I scrape the bark from the branch, it appears living and not dry. I am wondering if this could be related to late freezing temperatures we had in April and beginning of May. If that is the case, do you think it will recover?

Dakota County Minnesota winter damage locust tree

1 Response

Late January's exceptionally deep cold may have damaged the plant more than freezing temperatures in April or May. Such temperature extremes may kill plants outright or weaken them so that leaves shrivel and die shortly after they emerge the following spring.

The plant's condition will be apparent by mid-summer. In the meantime, watchful waiting is warranted.