Live Oak Leaf Drop
March 18, 2013
If you have live oaks in your landscape, your yard may be starting to look like this!
While there are a number of problems that can cause leaf drop in Live Oaks, this time of year you’re most likely seeing a normal senescing, or dying off, of last year’s foliage. As temperatures begin to rise in late January through February, your Live Oaks can begin to look sickly or stressed. Leaves begin to yellow and may have brown or black blotches. They will often discolor very quickly and begin to drop en masse.
To make sure your tree is experiencing normal leaf drop, look closely at the leaves that are discolored: You should see new leaf buds forming at the base of the leaf petiole (stem). If these new leaf buds are present, your tree is experiencing normal leaf drop. If there are no new leaf buds present, your tree could be stressed for another reason. Check some of the stems on lower branches you can reach and bend or snap some small stems. Check that they are green to greenish-white and that they aren’t completely dried out. While some dead stems and branches are normal on trees, more than about 10% die off could signal a larger problem or disease. Oak Wilt can start presenting this time of year so it is best to call an arborist quickly if you suspect the disease.
If your Live Oaks are going through their normal leaf drop cycle, then get out the rake and enjoy the nice spring weather! If you’re concerned your tree may have a problem, give us a call right away and we’ll schedule you for a tree inspection. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.528.2266 in the Dallas area and 817.581.4502 in the Ft. Worth area.