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Silver Birch Jacquemontii

Last post 03-08-2017 9:11 PM by Blackstart. 8 replies.

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  • 16/07/2017 03:54 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    The leaves on my magnificent Silver Birch Jacquemontii have all gone brown. Can anyone help please? poppikin

  • 16/07/2017 06:34 AM
    • Nigel
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     Probably caused by the dry weather and the heat won't have helped either. Have they driopped off or are they still stuck to the tree? How old is it? Is it in a pot or the ground?

    Picture would help.

    I would do a rain dance, hope for some wet weather and keep fingers crossed for signs of growth next spring.

  • 16/07/2017 07:35 AM
    • poppikin
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    Thanks Nigel.

    It's about 20 years old and always been in the ground. It was originally selected by the RHS Adviser who who planned my garden and he did a planting schedule. It was chosen for being particularly suitable here on the chalky North Downs. This is why I thought at first that it couldn't be the dry weather. I do think you are right and I have been throwing buckets of water over it and hosed it down as well. The leaves are still stuck on.

    I thought we couldn't do pictures on here now?

    poppikin

  • 17/07/2017 06:46 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Agree with Nigel, most likely suffering a bit of drought and the hot weather. Blackstart

  • 18/07/2017 07:34 AM
    • poppikin
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    Thanks both. Would Nigel please say if there is any significance about the leaves still stuck on? poppikin

  • 01/08/2017 12:30 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    Please would Nigel let me have a reply? Thanks. poppikin

  • 02/08/2017 11:19 AM
    • Blackstart
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    The dead foliage would normally be "pushed off" by the new leaves as they emerge. Has this not happened yet? What is the state of your tree today. blackstart

  • 03/08/2017 02:59 AM
    • poppikin
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    Thanks Blackstart.

    The leaves that went brown in July were this Spring's growth. I think the new growth will be next Spring. 

    I was interested in what Nigel meant by asking if the leaves were still stuck to the tree. They still are.

    The tree looks the same as when I first posted.

    Thanks for help 

    poppikin 

     

     

  • 03/08/2017 09:11 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi poppikin, I would have thought that some new leaves may yet appear this year. You could try gently scraping away the bark on a thin branch to see if any green (cambium cells) shows through. If so it is a sign that the branch is still alive. If not you could work your way back towards the trunk until you do find some green cells. blackstart