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River birch help

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by LawnCrazy, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. LawnCrazy

    LawnCrazy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I need help I planted a river birch back in april and it has been doing great. Now for about a month it has randomly had leaves that are turning yellow with black spots in them. We have been getting plenty of rain here in eastern NC so i have not had to water it. Any help will be great as I do not want to loose this tree.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Plenty of rain doesn't mean that the tree is getting enough of it... roots take time to develop to get the tree to balance its intake with its leaf load... there's one possibility...

    I have a poplar of many years that is growing healthy all the time but it starts dropping leaves around this time of year, every year... the peach tree is dropping some yellow leaves as are many birches in the forest...

    If you suspect insects chewing leaves and spreading disease, it might be a good idea to get a systemic insecticide at your local nursey or hardware store... the stuff gets into the tree and stays for about a year...

    As long as you've checked the root zone and it isn't soggy wet for long periods of time or dusty dry, I'd say you're fine...
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    I have two 3-4 year old Heritage River Birches in my backyard, last week they were dropping leaves like crazy. This week we've had a decent amount of rain so the leaf drop has subsided. It seems to do it in "drought" conditions.

    Same thing happened last month when we went through a 2-3 week period of no rain. They dropped a lot of leaves, then when we had a week of rain, the leaf drop stopped.
  6. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,939

    What no one has touched on is the fact that river birch are very susceptible to transplant shock, no matter how much you water them.

    This is most likely the issue you are seeing. As long as they aren't all yellow or all dropping, and it isn't too dry or too wet, I wouldn't get concerned.
  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,523

    They are the messiest tree's i have ever seen too. It look's like late fall around river birch starting in June.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,939

    You guys haven't ever run across a weeping willow if you think river birch are messy.
  10. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    Brings back childhood memories. We had one in the parking lot of our neighborhood swimming pool growing up. We used to chase each other around trying to whip the other person with the sticks.

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