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Q.Camperdown elm not in leaf

Zone North East England | monkeycat added on June 24, 2018 | Answered

please can you advise why my 26 yr old camperdown elm has not leafed this year, normally prolific but only shoots have appeared on trunk but have now wilted, did get catcombs earlier on in year but failed to open.

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Answered on June 25, 2018

Hm... This is unfortunate. This can happen with severe fungal infections due to an overly wet year, but this seems to have progressed rather quickly. Is there any living growth on it at all? If not then you can break the tip off of a branch. If it is still flexible and green, then you can cut anything off that is not. If there is no living growth and the entire things is brittle then you can try cutting it back completely. Sometimes this can help, but not always.

I would also treat the area with wettable sulfur and dolomitic lime. This will treat most diseases in the soil and help to recondition the pH back to a more suitable condition.

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