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White oak dropping clumps of leave

Posted by mc25a Western VA (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 2, 09 at 14:16

I have a large white oak in my yard (120" trunk circumference). Over the past week or so it has started dropping clumps of leaves, usually about 4-8 leaves each. The twigs they grow from are broken cleanly at a knuckle(?). The leaves themselves are dried and brown with dark spots on the underside. There are a lot more dead leaves in the tree.

The tree has had some borer damage in the past. We have had a very wet spring and summer here in Southwest, VA.

Thanks for any insight.

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RE: White oak dropping clumps of leave

We live in Alexandria VA and we get that, too, with our oaks-willow, pin, red, etc. I am hoping it is squirrels, those nasty little rodents who eat all my bird seed-lol. I always figured they either like to watch me work picking up their discards or it is a diversion so they can raid the feeder while I am otherwise occupied. Anyway, we seem to have this every year and in the spring we get clumps of green leaves as well. So far, no permanent damage from the lost branchlets (is that a word???), although we did lose one oak to borers over a year ago and another this spring for unknown reason. So sad. I haven't noticed spots on ours, though. Sorry I can't be more help. Cynthia

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