Asked July 16, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT
I have an old fashioned dogwood tree. It has a green hard covering on several branches. Under that the tree has died. What is it and how do I treat it? Please help me save my tree! I have included several pictures of the tree and the limbs. Some of the tree befor and after the damage. any help would be appreciated. thank you
Marion County West Virginia
In this situation my main concern is the fact that there is something that is causing the decline of your dogwood tree. The most common issue in this area is dogwood anthracnose. I have included a link to a fact sheet on it also below. Treatment for dogwood anthracnose utilizes fungicides in the spring when new growth is occuring as a preventative. It would not hurt to go ahead and perform a treatment at this time however it will be critically important to treat next spring starting at the time of bud break for a period of one to two months. The active ingredients chlorothalonil or mancozeb are the proper products to use. You will find many options available through garden centers.
If you would like me to do a site visit to try to confirm the anthracnose you can contact me through the Marion County Extension Office at 304-367-2772.