Is tree crown dieback always fatal?

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Is tree crown dieback always fatal?

Post by Paul » Sat, 16 Jun 2001 05:52:06



I have several supgar maples with significant crown dieback. (They
went  through several stressful seasons of drought as well as forest
tent caterpillar infestation).

I have been told that trees "die from the tops down" .

There is very strong regrowth from the trunk's top 25%. Are these
sprouts just weak suckers on a doomed tree or is the tree in the
process of rebuilding its crown?

Can a tree have severe crown dieback and come back? I am debating the
removal of the tree as the dead branches are a hazard, but if the tree
is really coming back I would keep it.

Thanks. I hope this is the correct newsgroup. The trees are in my
garden.

Sandpiper

 
 
 

Is tree crown dieback always fatal?

Post by Paul Onsta » Sat, 16 Jun 2001 06:11:13


Quote:

> I have several supgar maples with significant crown dieback. (They
> went  through several stressful seasons of drought as well as forest
> tent caterpillar infestation).

> I have been told that trees "die from the tops down" .

> There is very strong regrowth from the trunk's top 25%. Are these
> sprouts just weak suckers on a doomed tree or is the tree in the
> process of rebuilding its crown?

> Can a tree have severe crown dieback and come back? I am debating the
> removal of the tree as the dead branches are a hazard, but if the tree
> is really coming back I would keep it.

I can speak for silver maples....both, one more than the other, had crown
dieback 10 years ago when I bought this place. Both are doing well but some
large upper branches are due to come down with a good wind.

  -Paul