Maple tree dropping leaves

Asked August 18, 2019, 1:05 PM EDT

We live on am Island in Michigan and we have experienced flooding.
The Maple trees sitting in areas of water are turning brown and losing their leaves now in August. We are sure their roots are too wet. If the water goes down next year will our tree survive?

St. Clair County Michigan flooded landscapes

1 Response


It depends on a number of factors- how fast the soil drains, how tolerant the tree species is of flooding, how long the flooding itself lasted.

You can hire an arborist to assess the tree, determine what kind of maple you have, and he/she may suggest air spading or vertical mulching to help aerate the roots. The cost is modest when compared to the loss of a mature tree. A certified arborist is a professional who has taken training in care, diseases, pests and passed certification tests. Find certified arborists by zip code here—-

These articles have details about flooded trees.

In any case, I would wait until late next spring to see if the tree leafs out, unless it seems in danger of falling onto passing people, buildings or other property. The arborist can help you determine that, too.

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