River Birch Has Not Leafed Out And Has New Growth Only On Trunk

Question From: D. Massengale - Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Q: My River Birch tree is 13 years old and this is the first year it hasn't leafed out on the branches...only new growth is coming out from the trunks. Any idea what is wrong? We did have a severe drought last fall here in TN, but with new growth at the trunk, I don't think it's dead.
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It's not dead, but it is dying and will never be the b= eautiful tree it once once. Sorry for your loss. Best Nancy