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Q.Elm Tree Dead

Anonymous added on June 15, 2011 | Answered

We have a 14-yea-old N. American Elm tree in our yard. The winters and springs here can be very hard on trees, as we are subject to Chinook winds, which can raise temperatures by 30 degrees in a few hours and occur repeatedly from Nov-April. The tree had evidence of buds in the early spring, which have not developed but are basically brown husks. The ends of the lower branches are mushy and the tree appears dead. It did not exhibit any signs that I could see of Dutch Elm Disease leading up to this. All other trees have full summer foliage. In your opinion, if the tree is not dead, is there any hope of a full recovery in time? Is this typical of the kind of thing that can happen to trees in southern Alberta? (We do have some poplars that have produced early buds, which have never leafed out and the tree limbs in question do not recover. )

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