dying maple #634230 - Ask Extension


dying maple #634230

Asked May 11, 2020, 6:15 PM EDT

Is there anyone willing to come analyze our dying tree. I want to save it. But I'm not sure how to do so.

Wayne County Michigan

Expert Response

It would be terrific if you could attach a few photos below under add images. It really works well for our experts to see it and provide recommendations.
Terri Badgley Replied May 11, 2020, 6:19 PM EDT
Attached three photos I believe are from you regarding your dying maple.
Terri Badgley Replied May 17, 2020, 10:18 AM EDT


Your pictures came through pretty dark, but they do help.

I’m sorry, MSU Extension doesn’t make home visits. We try to help by looking at your pictures, providing research based information,  and we can speak directly with you if you call us during business hours at the toll-free Garden Hotline, below.

There appear to be many branches broken perhaps from falling debris from other trees around it, and storm damage. The second picture shows three trunks growing closely together. As the tree grows larger these trunks grow into each other and where they touch becomes rotted, or grows together. These points are weak and susceptible to disease, cracking and causing the tree to fall. There also looks like a lot of vines growing around the tree in the third picture, some could be poison ivy.

This wooded area may have a lot of poison ivy, so be careful when working in this area- learn to identify it by looking at poison ivy pictures from Extension, and keep skin covered. Read details of poison ivy here-




The vines should be removed. All dead and broken sections of branches should be correctly pruned with sharp clean pruning saw or lopers. Do not climb the tree. If high up work is needed, hire a certified tree service or arborist. Here are some pictures of correctly pruning branches- 


A certified arborist is a  professional who has taken training in care, diseases, pests and passed certification tests. He/she will come on site, correctly prune,  and give a complete diagnosis of any other issues and a plant care plan. Find certified arborists by zip code here—-


I hope this is helpful.

Laura Sheffer Replied May 17, 2020, 11:04 AM EDT

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