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Oak Tree shedding leaves

Our oak tree has had quite a few leaves falling off that are all dried up and crispy.  Is this normal, ie wind burn on new leaves or is this something we need to be concerned about. 

An oak tree two houses down the street has oak bracket (?) and our tree surgeon said they needed to bring down that tree, but at a cost of £1500 - £2000 it hasn't been done yet.  just concerned if our tree can catch something like that as I guess wind borne spores can travel? 

Any ideas ?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,709

    Is it a big oak or a new tree?

    Old trees that have   been pruned can get infected with the bracket fungus through pruning scars. A healthy tree should be able to ward off fungal attack.

      A new  tree may be suffering from wind burn or lack of water.

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    old tree, huge tree.  Hasn't been pruned for years as far as we can tell. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,709

    We had a tree surgeon in for the day to take dead and diseased wood out of our tree. Swinging around on ropes like a monkey he found diseased stuff that we couldn't see from the ground. He took photos for the tree preservation people at the council and removed diseased stuff. We were alarmed that a big branch that looked ok from the ground had a large rotting area at the top.   It cost 400 quid,we got a huge pile of chippings to use as  mulch, and peace of mind. There is a preservation order on our trees,but they still have to have diseased wood removed to keep them safe. They should be ok now for 20years or so.

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