dogwood tree

Asked August 15, 2020, 8:40 PM EDT

My dogwood bloomed beautifully this past spring but has now developed spots on the bark and its leaves are drooping. Will this condition pass? Will it die?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

We would like to see photos of the tree so we can see what you may be dealing with. Send photos of the whole tree, around the base, and affected trunk and foliage. Let us know the age of the tree, any construction work, herbicides applied, etc.

The spots on the trunk may be lichens (harmless) https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lichens
or the bark may be exfoliating naturally. Exfoliating bark is common on Kousa dogwood. Leaves drooping may be due to rain, powdery mildew, a fungal disease
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/powdery-mildew-trees-and-shrubs, etc.

Marian