Is my tree sick?
Hello, We have a young Scarlet Oak tree that we planted last year with Friends of Trees. It seemed to be growing well and then we noticed this spring as it started to get new leaves that it started to slump over at the top and also get these weird markings on some of the leaves. Friends of Trees had no advice to offer. Here are some pictures to show you what we are seeing. Is the tree sick? Do you have any advice on how to help it? Thank you so much for any guidance.
Multnomah County Oregon
Here is the underside of the leaf. Let me know if it is not clear enough. We were also very concerned about the top of the tree being bent over the way that it is. If you could comment on that as well, I would so appreciate it. Thank you for your speedy response.
Hello, just checking in to see if you have guidance on relieving the weight issues that are causing the tree to slump over at the top. Thank you.
"But I think a combination of thinning out the heavy leaves and setting up a tall pole for temporary support might be the only way to straighten it, loosening ties gradually so the stem stiffens up.
"Or else start over with a properly cultivated sapling."