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Is our tree OK?

By Tree - 25 September 2010 22

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OK. So it’s 25 days into Spring, and not a bud in sight on our rather large backyard tree. It was thriving last Spring and Summer, but now nothing, not a bud. Could it be dead? Or are these trees late thrivers? I have no idea what type of tree it is.

Our neighbour has a lovely green tree in his backyard, which is thriving – that’s what our tree looked like this time last year.

See pics of our tree, and one of the neighbours tree. Sorry about quality of images – cloudy day doesn’t help.

If dead, anyone know how much an arborist would cost? We really would like to save this tree. It provides beautiful shade in the Summer for the kids.

Anyone know what’s going on? Please?

Thank you.

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22 Responses to
Is our tree OK?
arescarti42 6:53 pm 25 Sep 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

It’s probably just pining for the fjords.

It’s not pining, it’s passed on. That tree is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker. It’s a stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace.

Gobbo 3:00 pm 25 Sep 10

Don’t try a climbing plant in a tree that is still alive. You may kill it that way.

Only use a climber for the dead ‘uns. Particularly if they have a good structure and shape.

rapunzel 1:57 pm 25 Sep 10

you’re barking up the wrong tree. i’m sure it’ll turn over a new leaf in the next few days. sometimes these problems can be rooted in generic mutations, resulting in these kinds of arborations.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:57 pm 25 Sep 10

It’s probably just pining for the fjords.

Thumper 12:22 pm 25 Sep 10

if it’s a claret ash then don’t worry. My claret ash has only just bloomed in the past few days.

Tree 11:59 am 25 Sep 10

Better pic of our tree and neighbours tree here – same type of tree but vast difference in growth:
I’m not sure how to post direct image, sorry

Tree 11:55 am 25 Sep 10

Funky Claude, you’re right. I just googled Claret Ash and that’s the tree. U clever thing. I had a look under the bark, and found evidence of green, so there’s still hope.
I just remembered, it was attacked by lady bugs over Winter.

Will try the wisteria/climbing plant too. Thanks everybody.

Gobbo 10:56 am 25 Sep 10

Looking crispy and being crispy are two different things.

Do as Funky Clause suggested, check just under the bark.

I also like his suggestion of using the tree is a base for a climbing plant. Get a vigorous enough plant and you will soon find a second life for your tree skeleton.

Tree 10:46 am 25 Sep 10

Funky Claude
Thanks, branches all look very crispy. This is bad; I just wanna cry. The tree is very old, it could be the end.

sepi, yes, it’s watered with the massive backyard tank regularly, and it rained like mad during august and september, so that’s not the problem. Thank you.

Funky Claude 10:45 am 25 Sep 10

Further to my last post as between reading and posting a comment you posted saying that the trees are identical. Although I am happy to be corrected, based off the foliage in the pictures I think the tree is a ash, possibly a claret ash.

These trees are prone to various fungal inflictions that will ultimately result in the death of the tree. Dieback is perhaps the most prevalent and is not uncommon in the ACT region. I do not proport to be a expert on the subject however.

It does seem odd that your neighbours tree assuming that they are the same tree, is in such an advanced stage of foliation and yours is not.

sepi 10:25 am 25 Sep 10

It looks dead as a doornail to me. If it is the same as your neighbours, then it is definitely dead.
Most trees should have little green buds by now.

Did you water the poor thing?

Just snap a few small branches, and see if they are soft (and alive) inside, or snap like kindling.

An arborist will be 600 or more.

Funky Claude 10:23 am 25 Sep 10

Get a knife and remove a bit of bark off some branches. If it is green underneath, then it is still alive. If brown and tough to cut, then it is on its way out.

It is near impossible to tell what your tree is, without knowing that it is hard to comment further on what may be occurring. As Thumper said it may just be a late bloomer.

If it is dead, then consider growing wisteria up the tree for shade. Would be quicker replanting from scratch, looks good and you don`t have to pay for a arborist. Just a suggestion.

Tree 10:05 am 25 Sep 10

That’s reassuring, but I’d love to see one bud, just one to give me faith this tree is okay. Neighbour’s tree is identical but fully green. Oh well, will wait and see what happens. Thanks.

Thumper 8:48 am 25 Sep 10

I doubt it is dead. We’ve still got trees, ie, oak and a golden rain tree, that both haven’t bloomed yet.

Tree 8:29 am 25 Sep 10

Riotact, thanks for uploading my post and pics so fast.

Forgot to say, the neighbours tree is exactly the same type of tree as ours.

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