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Q.Japanese Cloud Tree Dying

Zone CB23 4JQ | Adamlaney10 added on September 7, 2020 | Answered

Hello, We have a cloud tree in our garden (this is our second in the same part of the garden) however both time they appear to be dying, being attacked from the bottom up. We were told the first tree had just died unfortunately, however the second is suffering the same. We understand the soil is fine, and have tried various preventative measures but nothing seems to work. Thanks Adam

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Answered on September 8, 2020

It would seem that the soil is, in fact, infected. Healthy soil will not cause this, but since this is the second planting to die... I suspect disease from fungi or bacteria.

Depending on the disease, treatment may or may not be feasible. If treating the soil with a fungicide does not produce positive results, then you will need to plant something that is completely unrelated to the tree, since many diseases are genus specific.

Here is an article that will help you with fungicide use:


Since the term "Japanese Cloud" refers to the pruning type, and not the tree, it will be necessary to find out what tree species you have.

I can't tell from those photos what type of tree that is, but it resembles a type of Privet.

Your local agricultural services can be of service with identification.

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