Have you noticed any trees in your yard or neighborhood that are beginning to turn Fall colors within the last month, even though we have several months of our growing season left? Nope, you’re not imagining things; some are changing colors even though it’s not officially Autumn yet. Why is that?
One important observation in the color change of these leaves is the difference between their colors. Brown leaves are an indication that the tree is beyond the point of stress and is entering the ‘death spiral,” or series of stressors that will eventually kill the tree. Our Neighborhood Arborists have noticed that most trees like Maples, Cherries, and Tulip Poplars are turning; if you have these types of trees on your property, keep your eye on them! Maples usually struggle with girdling root issues, which is another stress factor that can lead to tree death, and Cherries are known to defoliate early because of disease.