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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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Tree 5:10 pm 29 Sep 10

Thanks Eily and Grail, it looks like the tree is on it’s way out; looks decades old. OMG. The house was built around the tree for a reason. I’m still holding on, but losing hope quite quickly. Thanks everyone.

eily 7:15 pm 28 Sep 10

As the Claret ash (Fraxinus augustifolia ‘Raywood’) is a grafted tree, meaning they are all clones, they should all sprout about the same time.

Claret ashes are notorious for getting dieback; that’s when the tree starts to die from the outer branches in. If it’s an old tree, then, it will be affected to some degree. Forty odd healthy years is about all you’ll get, if your lucky.

Just look around the streets and you’ll find quite a few with dead branches. And not just ashes. The drought hasn’t helped either.

Also, all the rain that we have had could of led its roots getting too wet, leading to rotting.

Your best bet is to wait until at least summer to see just how much of the tree is affected, if any.

If it is dying or dead, you will, unfortuately, have to get it removed. Just growing a climber up it is very dangerous. As the wood gets old, it gets brittle. The weight of the climber, especially wisteria, will cause the whole thing to fall. And while that might be years down the track it will come down, usually with no warning.

A neighbour’s ivy covered gum just come down in the recent winds, after standing for years. The ivy killed the gum by the way. Fortunately, only the fence and a few plants were damaged.

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