Q.What would cause yellow leaves close to the trunk on young oak tree?
I planted this oak tree 9 month ago and have watered and fertilized it just as I thought I should. It was beautiful until a few days ago and suddenly I noticed yellow/dead leaves close to the trunk. The limbs further out are still green. What could cause this? The trunk diameter is about 5-6 inches.
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It may be a bacterial infection that currently has no cure. This article will offer more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/oak/xylella-oak-leaf-scorch.htm
Alternatively, it could be a fungal infection. I would have an arborist come out and look.