Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
I have 2 cottonless cottonwoods in my back yard. They are both about 7 years old. I noticed this spring that the trees have really grown tall but on the main limbs in the middle of the trees there are no limbs coming from them. I also find little pieces of new branches all over my lawn like they have come off right at the base where they connect to the tree. There are also at those points little scabs of some kind right where the branch has broken off. What is wrong and can I save these trees? I grew this kind of tree because they are fast growing trees and I wanted to enjoy some shade while I was still around to enjoy it. I am so afraid that there is something seriously wrong and those years will be lost. Can you help me with the info I have given you? I would appreciate it so much if you have an idea of what is wrong and what I can do to fix it.
Rate This FAQ
Cottonwoods and willows are subject to a large variety of serious insect
and disease problems. Though I can't tell for certain from your
description, it is very likely that these trees have (or will get) a
fungal stem canker, a disease that kills part of the vascular system and
causes everything from that point up to die. Cankers can affect small
twigs or larger branches. The only thing you can do is keep the tree
vigorous (meaning water a lot), and prune out any clearly dead material
below the point of death and dispose of it. This is unlikely to help for
long though. Pesticides will not help.
For these reasons I do not recommend the planting of cottownwoods,
poplars, aspens, and willows, except for temporary effect or on sites
where they are native. If a person wants a strong, fast growing tree I
recommend London planetree (sometimes called sycamore).
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- I sodded my back yard 3 years ago with RTF. It has not held up well, especially in the higher traffic areas where it is completely dead. Any suggestions?
- How can I attract hummingbirds to my yard?
- Do you have tips for success with African violets?
- I have an infestation of red ants in my retaining wall area where I also have plants. What is the best way to get rid of the red ants so I can weed etc. in that area?
- What trees are recommended for West Jordan (clay soil).
- We have clover infesting our grass. Each clover plant has these pod-like objects, that when picked or brushed up against causes white larva-like and red seeds to hop or pop off. The red seeds stick to skin and clothing and is irritating to the skin. The clovers also have little yellow flowers that sprout. How do we get rid of these clovers so we might play and use our lawn again. How do you keep them from coming back?
- How do I keep stray animals out of my yard?
- We have a large pine tree in our yard that looks like it is dying. Can someone from extension come and look at it and tell me if it is dying or if this summer's heat has just caused it to withdraw in. It gets south and west sunlight all day long. Thanks