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Q.Almost End Of Blooming Season (late Oct.). I Have Been Getting More And More Yellow Leaves – Looks Terrible. Should I Remove? S

Zone Harrison Township, MI | Gayle Gagnon added on October 28, 2023 | Answered

hould I cut whole limbs or just remove the leaves? I reside in southeast Michigan.

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Answered on October 29, 2023

General comment: Plants begin to harden off for winter once days get shorter and soil temperatures go below 50F. Chlorophyll production stops and the pigment starts to degrade, revealing orange, red and yellow colors that were masked by the green. Also, a layer of cells, known as the abscission layer, starts to grow between the leaf stalk and the twig holding it, eventually promoting leaf drop. It is difficult to comment further without knowing a lot more about the type of tree/plant, variety, more of its history and posting pictures so we can see what you are seeing.

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