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Washington Hawthorn tree that was recently trimmed

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We have a Washington Hawthorn tree that was recently trimmed professionally. It was full of blooms and now is full of berries. A few small branches near the drip line on one side (not all together) appear dry and dead. Are there certain signs of early stress we should look for. The tree is about 25 years old.

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landscaping
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.

I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in trees.

A few small dead branches are not cause for alarm as long as the rest of the tree looks healthy. However, you do want to remove those branches. I'm not sure why the professional didn't do so.

Signs of stress to watch for would be spots on the leaves, many yellow or brown leaves, leaves curling up on the edges, sap leaking from the trunk, wilting, and increasing numbers of dead branches.

If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope the birds enjoy the berries.


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