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Rowan shedding leaves

Last year my Rowan tree shed its leaves in August and I put it down to the dry spring and soggy summer confusing it.

This year it has been turning brown since early July and has now shed most of its leaves.

It has been established growing in the lawn for something like 20 years or more.

What's going on?  Any ideas?


  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Is the ground dry/very wet (perhaps a high water table)? I have a few juvenile trees that suffered by the low rainfall until very recently, though I would have suspected that a 20+ year old tree would have roots deep enough to sail through.

  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

    `tis autumn me` dear and the Rowan (Mountain Ash) is deciduous - it looses its leaves ready for winter. The berries will remain for some time yet. Worry not, all will come back in spring

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361

    but it wasn't autumn when hazelnut posted

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • If it is any consolation our local Welsh trees have already shed their Rowan leaves and only the red berries remain on the branches I believe for the birds To eat over winter.  I hope this helps hazelnut.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    This is an old thread Anne. The OP asked the question over three years ago, in August  2013 image

    Hopefully the tree recovered. Can't beat a rowan in autumn. Rowans up here have been laden with berries for a couple of months - even better than usual. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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