yellowing leaves on newly planted river birch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by fa fa flo hite, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. fa fa flo hite

    fa fa flo hite LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 18

    i planted a 7ft riverbirch about a week ago and the leaves are turing yellow and falling off,do you have any answers?:blob3:
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Starting from the top, or all over?
  3. fa fa flo hite

    fa fa flo hite LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 18

    it may have started from the top ,but it seems to be gatting worse and all over all though there are small green leaves that look like they want to open its mainly the older leaves that are yellowing then falling off,its looking like it would if it was the fall season.
  4. PowerPlay

    PowerPlay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Has it been watered properly? Planted high? Mulched? What kind of soil was it planted in? Did it look ok when you got the plant or was it already yellowing? If it wasn't dug fresh and sat out before you picked it up without being waterd, that could be the problem.
  5. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Lots of plants suffer leaf drop when newly planted. Plants don't usually like being moved. If the tree was fine when you planted it this could be the cause.

    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    My guess is you would have refused the plant if it looked like that when you picked it up, so I'll presume it was a healthy appearing specimen when you planted it.

    Sounds like transplant shock. Make sure it's being adequately watered, but not drowned. Often homeowners forget to do it.
  7. 1bsman

    1bsman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I had the same problem last year. The nursery recommended adding iron (Ironite). There was a noticeable improvement within a week
  8. Ice_Gargoylle

    Ice_Gargoylle LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 60

    yup ironite or sequestrene? will help. also will help if you prune out some of the little branches in the middle, river birch always bite the dust from lack of water due to all the growth. thin it, fertit, it'll be fine.
  9. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Birch can be especially touchy, in my experience.
  10. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    I just planted a 12' river birch and same thing happened. I am confident it is shock, the tree should be fine ina couple of weeks. However, it has 3 canes and all of the leaves on one are brown (still attached) lets hope this is wind burn from the truck ride, I think that it will come back too

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