Stressed Hackberry Trees

Asked May 20, 2020, 6:02 PM EDT

Last year our hackberry trees lost leaves; some leaves had gall. This spring there are lots of dead branches and leaves barely emerging. Can these trees be treated?

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

I'm sorry, but two distant photos are not enough to make a diagnosis. Your tree is clearly stressed, so I'd recommend consulting a certified arborist:
https://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist

There are several disorders that can cause poor leaf emergence and dead branches. Check here:
https://apps.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/deciduous/hackberry/index.html

Shade tree decline is yet another disorder that presents these symptoms:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/trees-and-shrubs-declining-or-dying