Dying Maple Tree

Asked September 25, 2020, 2:24 PM EDT

Greetings, We have a dying maple tree in our front yard. One of many trees that died in our neighborhood. Tree was fine last year, now loses all the leaves, please see attached tree and leaf pictures. Tree developed a never before seen great number of seeds. Also the tree's bark loosens in some spots (see attached). Tree behind the pictured sick tree is of same kind and age, but still green, yet also has bark detaching in some spots. We also had a nearby shrub that wilted. Our landscaper cut it off and showed us the dark wood. From research I did on the Web, it could be Verticillium wilt. Questions: What can be done? Can you recommend an expert to come out and advise us? If needed, can you recommend a tree removal service? Thank you,

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

We cannot say what killed the tree from the photos. An over-abundance of seeds can be a sign of a tree's last gasp attempt to reproduce itself before it dies.

We are not staffed for house calls. Remove the tree. If a cross-section of the trunk shows a pattern suggesting verticillus wilt, you can send it to us, but the information you need is here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wilt-diseases-trees

Ellen