Shade Trees Disorder: Decline, Dieback, or Early Senescence

Author(s): M.F. Heimann, G.L. Worf

“Decline” is a general term that describes the deterioration of a tree’s crown or an overall reduction in vigor. “Dieback” indicates more localized symptoms, with healthy branches adjacent to dead or dying ones. Find out more about tree decline and dieback, how to spot the difference between the two, and how to prevent and treat problems that occur.

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