Is my maple tree dying?

Asked July 6, 2020, 12:08 PM EDT

Hi! You've been very helpful in the past with my trees. Hope you can help with this one. The tree has been looking bad the last couple years. It looks as if it's dying from the inside canopy out. A lot of the branches are brittle and the leaves are drying up. This isn't just because of the recent dry spell--it's been happening for a good year, maybe a bit longer. Thanks in advance for any help.

Macomb County Michigan

2 Responses

Hard to know from this vantage point. Verticillium wilt is a possibility that commonly affects maples and can take out an entire branch or one side of the tree. Read more here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/verticillium_wilt

It is however just one of a number of possibilities. You could send a sample to Diagnostic Services https://www.canr.msu.edu/pestid/ Since it has been going on for a good while however, best recommendation is an onsite visit by a professional, namely a Certified Arborist, one who specializes in these matters. Find one or more Certified Arborists in your zip code at www.treesaregood.org Go to the Find an Arborist tab. Arborist evaluations are not expensive and where you can learn exactly what is going on in your tree.

Good luck!


Thanks for your help! I will contact an arborist.