catalpa tree half dying?

Asked June 3, 2020, 12:37 PM EDT

We have a catalpa tree in our yard that's around 20 years old. Last summer it was full, leaves and blossoms throughout the tree. This year it looks like about half of it is dead. One half seems to be leafing out, the other half (including main leader?) doesn't have any buds or green showing anywhere. The 'dead' half faces west/SW if that's of any significance. Is this something that normally occurs to catalpas? Do we expect that the rest of the tree will follow? There was a large branch that broke off after a storm several years ago (maybe 4?) but this was on the opposite side of the tree from the 'dead' side. We really love the flowers and appearance.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

It is not normal for the main trunk not to have leaves. To find out if the tree is still alive it would be best to contact an arborist.