what's up with the big tree?

Asked November 28, 2019, 11:21 AM EST

Good day,
I would love to have some expert suggestions concerning a big old tree next to my home in east Finland.

It is about 17 meters high, and the circumference at the bottom is 1 meter,
I guess it is about 60 years old.
It stands 7 meters from the house and of course I love it, but it seems to be dying from the top down.

The rest of the tree looks healthy from a distance, but is it?
Attached to this email you will find some pictures of the top and also of the branches below, and of the way the it is rooted.

Two months ago the dead part was only one meter, now it has more than doubled.

My questions:

1. What's up, do you think?

2. Can I have a professional take off only the dead top and let the rest of the tree be as it is?
Or should the whole tree be cut down?

Thank you so much,

Outside United States

1 Response


I am a Certified Municipal Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. I work in North Carolina, USA. From the photos sent, I cannot discern the symptoms or condition of this tree.

My recommendation is to contact your local Finland chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture for a list of local Certified Arborist who could make a site visit to determine the best path of care for your tree.

The main page is: https://www.suomenpuunhoidonyhdistys.fi/

The page for arborist information is: https://www.suomenpuunhoidonyhdistys.fi/arboristi/

There is a list of Certified Arborist at: https://www.suomenpuunhoidonyhdistys.fi/arboristirekisteri/

This sounds like an advertisement for ISA, but their membership is trained in tree care and usually are conscientious of principles of care in the tree care industry.

I hope this helps.