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different angles #202871

Asked July 28, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

I have a tree that I am not sure is diseased or having some problems. Leaves are falling as if it were fall. So if you could let me know if there is disease.

I added two more pictures from different angles

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

The photos that you sent were out of focus. It would be helpful to send photos in focus of the damage to the trunk and bark.
However, it is possible that the tree may be a boxelder tree. One clue may be red and black insects feeding on the foliage or clustered around the base of the tree. See attached link http://extension.umd.edu/learn/boxelder-bugs-hg10
Box elder trees are native and grow in difficult conditions. They can be short lived, messy,  and not a tree that you would plant as a focal point in your landscape. They can also be susceptible to anthracnose, a foliar disease. Rake up any fallen leaves to prevent any overwintering fungal spores. See our website on anthracnose. http://extension.umd.edu/learn/shade-tree-anthracnose

Those pictures were from my phone.  Hopefully these are better from my camera.  I am concerned on how to treat this, since we did have another tree close to it that came down on our garage some time ago.
The Question Asker Replied July 28, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT
The tree looks like a box elder tree. The bark does not look loose and looks intact.  The foliage is affected by anthracnose, a foliar disease.  See above. Rake fallen leaves and no chemical control is recommended.

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