Question From: S. Burchfield - Franklin, Tennessee, United States
Q: 3" caliper River Birch planned in Franklin, Tn in acidic, clay soil 2 yrs ago. Lower 2/3 tree branches have dark looking appearance. No buds or leaves appeared in Spring; although, very top appears healthy & has beautiful leaves. Previous year, tree appeared all over healthy w buds, then healthy all over foliage entire tree. Unsure what to do? Any idea what's wrong?
If it were my tree and I wanted to save it I would get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to www.tcia.org. I am not a tree specialist and a bad guess on my part could cost you your tree. Get it looked at ASAP.. In the meantime give it a good soaking weekly. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy