Bradford Pear kicked the bucket strangest thing

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by clyde, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    It was perfectly green 2weeks ago.

    then it turned bright red like in the fall then
    the next week all the leafs were off ....!!!!!

    what the hell happend :confused:

    I think lightning got it because we have had a ton of rain and thunderstorms

    but thats one of those things that u had to be there right when it happend , right.

    this is a client of mine. :alien:

  2. BareFootLawn

    BareFootLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Trees that I've seen hit by lightning died immediately. Leaves wilted by the next day... no color turning. Dead!
    Take couple of small branches to your county extension agent.
  3. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Replace it with a Cleveland Pear, much tougher tree, same growth habits, blooms, etc.
  4. T. Matthews

    T. Matthews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    fire blight maybe?
  5. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    What type of soil was it in? When you take it out, if you take it out, take a look at the roots n stuff. It's pretty surprising, Haven't seen one do that.

  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Fire blight doesn't kill a tree that fast. Usually it kills one or two branches at a time....

    How big is the tree? How long ago was it planted?

    There's a bigger bradford around here that was hit by lightning about a year ago. It's a 6" tree or so, and it's still living. It had some red leaves on it earlier than normal last year, but otherwise seems fine.

    Is the cambium still green?

  7. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    the tree is about 20ft ..

    i noticed there is like a grey fungus on it around the trunk

    I have seen this fungus on Oaks mainly

    It looks like this

    Grey spot and then its curly and wavy around the edges of the spot.

    i have seen it on like oak branches that have sat on the ground for a while.

    also i noticed that it looks as if the weedeater ( his) has literally damaged the base so bad that the bark is bulging out ward all the way around.
  8. Neal Wolbert

    Neal Wolbert LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    You probably hit on the answer. Summer stress may have tipped it over with the compromised bark. Neal
  9. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    A tree dies when it is “ringed,” or girdled, i.e., cut through the cambium layer.

    Wonder how much the owner figures he saved by using the weedeater himself.
  10. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
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