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Fragile Ginkgo tree

Hi,

The leaves on my Ginkgo are turning brown and folding up.

This first happened on a long branch that was being battered by wind. The browning leaves were limited initially to the 2" patch of branch that was repeatedly colliding with another tree.

The windy weather passed some months ago, and that patch gradually extended about 8" to the end of the branch. Since then other leaves in un-damaged parts of the tree are turning brown and folding up.

It shares a large pot with healthy parsley. I am stumped.


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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,554
    Hello Glen,

    Are you In UK?

    If so, this is a long shot but important. Do the leaves look like this?


    If so, then you need to read the text and take action. Xylella fastidiosa has not yet been recorded in UK but there is every chance that it will be pretty soon. It is the disease which is currently distroying the olive trees of the Mediterranean.

    If you have the slightest feeling that your tree may have this disease you need to contact the Forestry Commission. They have a tree alert form for reporting problems with trees in UK. It looks like this.

    I sincerely hope that you do not have to use it.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • [Glen][Glen] Posts: 70
    edited August 2018
    I am in the UK.

    The Ginkgo's neighbour is an olive tree! I had better take some photos :(

    "control would focus on the targeted removal of host plants" (would that be all the plants in my garden?)

    "... and management of the vector insects’ habitats." (the marshes surrounding my home?)


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,554
    I wouldn’t jump the gun.
    I’d use the tree alert form with photos and send it to the Forestry Commission and let them decide.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,017
    I have no idea, but Pansyface is absolutely right, need to check it out.
    Hopefully all will be ok.
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,554
    We should all be alert to new diseases and their potential to invade our country through lack of vigilance.

    I live in an area of Britain where every second tree is an ash tree. 

    Ash dieback was brought into this country a few years ago by commercial growers who thought it fit to import trees rather than grow them here for reasons of convenience and money.

    Ash dieback has recently been recorded in this area for the first time. There is no cure.

    In a few years’ time, the hills of this area will be covered in dead and dying trees. 

    All because of commercial greed and lack of information given to buyers about the possible existence of the disease in stock they imported, the danger of it coming to these isles and the consequences.

    In beekeeping, varroa mite is I believe, another imported source of distress to British beekeepers caused by the same two things, greed and ignorance.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Hope it will be ok Glen - but as pansyface says, it's important to check these things out thoroughly with 'those who know best' to ensure correct procedure with it. So many serious diseases have devastated our fauna and flora, so they should never be taken lightly.
    Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Good luck with it  :)
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,170
    WE went to Dovedale the other week. There are a lot of  Ash trees dead or dying, which will have to be removed. It will totally alter the habitat.

    Glen, can you post a picture of your plant. ?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Fortunately, it hasn't reached these here parts, fidget - yet. Perhaps only a matter of time.  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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