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Q.Leaves Turned Yellow, Red, and Brown

Anonymous added on September 2, 2012 | Answered

My tree leaves turned yellow, then red, then brown and fell off right in the middle of summer. Dit id burn out? It is a Bradford pear tree that’s about 6 yrs. old. I think I damaged it while using a fertilizer for the surrounding grass. I used Vigoro Super Green Fertilizer. The leaves turned brown and fell before winter. Can it be brought back? How?

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Answered on September 3, 2012

It is possible that the color change in the foliage is simply due to heat stress. In many areas of the country, people have been experiencing warmer than average temps, or even fluctuating weather (warm one day, cool the next). This type of thing can oftentimes confuse shrubs/trees into thinking it's time to go dormant (some even do this as a means of protection to conserve water). Try giving the plants some additional water and see if this helps.

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