Brown fig tree leaves

Asked September 30, 2019, 1:25 PM EDT

We have a 6 - 8 foot fig tree - well established. Very suddenly the leaves turned brown and fell. Half of the tree is involved. Other than reducing watering, should we be applying any treatments?

Carteret County North Carolina

1 Response

That is odd that only half of the tree would loose its leaves. Is there something that has happened to that half of the tree in the last 6 to 12 months that didn't happen to the other half of the tree? Maybe a large tree was removed form that side of the plant. Maybe someone has been parking near the side that has died. It could also be possible that the plant was attacked by ambrosia beetles only on that one trunk and so only that one side of the tree was affected.

Ambrosia beetles make little tiny holes about the size of a pencil led in the trunk of the tree. Many people don't see the holes until they start to really look for them.

If you could send a few pictures of the plant, one including the entire plant and what is happening in the environment around the plant. Another picture showing a close up of the stem from about ground level up to about 2 to 3 feet above the soil line.

That could help me rule out several possibilities.

Thank you.