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Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:21

There used to be an elm in the hedgeline, about level with the polytunnel. It got Dutch elm disease. It was cut down and had to be craned out over the house that you cant see to the right of the top picture., about 30 years ago. The stump was left, about 3 ft across. It has sent up lots of elm shoots that are now part of the hedge, amongst the hawthorn.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:18

I get crown galls as well in the acorn cups, but only rarely have had the oak apple gall.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:13

In pots so a bit of a cheat.. Salvia patens from this years seedlings( 3 in pot)

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/59309.jpg?width=500&height=350&mode=max

 

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2 pans of cyclamen. One an old one that has no leaves yet, and a pan of seedlings from Nut last year. Both flowering well , but one has leaves and the other not.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:02

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/59307.jpg?width=500&height=350&mode=max

 Oak tree at the top of the garden

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/59308.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 The other Oak tree a third of the way up the garden. The ground under this has cracked badly this summer. Too dry.

Any thoughts.?

If anyone fancies spraying these trees will they please consult their psychiatrist and a health and safety expert first.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:56

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/59302.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 twigs on ground.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/59303.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 What I think are abscission points.

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 What I think are Oak spangle galls.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:51

I'm trying. just lost 2 lots of pics will try again.

Am I a saddo?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:25

The neighbour  owns the land, and is on board with wildlife. He had a dead beech trunk  left so the woodpeckers had a home. His only child lives in London, though, so I guess money will come first.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:19

The dead wood was caused by a previous owner hacking lumps off at random, leaving snags which rotted back. He induced water shoots, which were then not pruned ,and ruined the balance of the tree.  

What I'm trying to say is..

Oak trees have grown  for a long time. They are very long lived trees. Mine are estimated at 150 years old,and are coming up to their prime. They have tree preservation orders on,and will be touched as little as possible.

They have lots of insects, which cause varying symptoms,none of which have any effect on the long term health of the tree. There are no cracks in the bark with weeping cankers, and no loss of  branches in the crown, so I dont think they have either sudden oak or chronic oak decline.

I was trying to reassure the original poster, having a similar drop of twigs with leaves attached, from an otherwise healthy tree.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:46

OK Lyn,

Nut, I posted yours today.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:42

I looked at the twigs dropped by my oak, and they have a clear abscission zone, similar to the one at the end of leaf petioles when they drop. I found out that this can be caused by environmental conditions. I go back to my original conclusion, that it was due to the dry year. Expect an early leaf fall this year.

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