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sycamore tree

We live in a valley surrounded by Mountains and our garden borders on to a lovely meadow which has 3 ancient Sycamore trees next to the house. We have been here now for 2 years and watched the trees change over the seasons and bloom again both years. However, it is nearing the end of May now and they still have old seed pods hanging from them and no sign of any green at all. Just black branches and dead foliage.They are all in excess of 50 feet high and looking very sad! I am not sure at which time of the year they rejuvenate, but can anyone advise me please. The land is used for lambing and now the lambs have moved and cattle turned out. I only noticed it because we have a small summerhouse that looks directly on to the trees and we have noticed no activity from squirrels and birds using the trees this year yet. Any advice would be much appreciated. I can then bring it to the attention of the land owner and see what we can do about it.
Many thanks in advance.

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,867
    We had a huge sycamore similar to the one that you’re describing, when a branch dropped, narrowly missing me,  we had to have it cut down, cost a £1000.00   It took two men about three days I think.  
    Nice lot of chippings for the compost though. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    I don't know where you are , but here in the Midlands, Sycamores are in full leaf. Anything not in leaf now is dead.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,441
    They are fully out here in Denmark too, if they are not out then they are most probably dead. It would seem odd that three would all die at the same time, I wonder if they got barked or poisoned or something. I would tell the landowner as they may not have noticed and ask them if they will remove them at the same time.
  • Thank you for all your messages, I am now convinced that the poor trees are dead. Such a shame. I will contact the land owner today.
  • Sycamore is quite a confusing term. Do you mean a plane tree or a maple?
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