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It’s normal for a tree to lose its leaves as the seasons change, but if you notice that leaves are falling or wilting when they should be in full bloom, the issue may be with the root system. That’s because the roots supply the rest of the tree with water and nutrients. If the roots are dead or damaged, the leaves will not be receiving the necessary sustenance. This will result in leaf wilting and leaf loss.
Leaf scorch appears as brown or yellowing around the edges of the leaves, and can be caused by a fungus, bacteria, virus, high temperatures, or low water levels. If you don’t see other visible signs of fungus, and you know the tree isn’t receiving enough water, the lack of hydration may be caused by root loss. If you notice leaf discoloration, it’s important to have a professional assessment as soon as possible so you can quickly treat the cause of the issue.
When it comes to your tree’s health, its leaves can tell you a lot. If the issue is so advanced the foliage is beginning to thin, your tree may be dying. This kind of damage can be caused by an infestation, fungus, bacteria, virus, storm damage, lack of nutrients and water, or other poor environmental conditions. Tree cabling can help offset the damage, but if the tree is beyond saving, you may require tree removal.
Root damage doesn’t necessarily manifest symptoms throughout the tree foliage equally. Leaf damage can appear on just one side of the tree or in one localized area, so it’s essential to give the tree a full 360° inspection to determine if there are any issues.