Post by desertwoman on Jan 28, 2018 15:12:31 GMT -5
A neighbors tree and our pink lady apple tree are doing that too. I figured it was weather related, too. From this article it sounds like they don't really have a clear idea to the cause of the "marcescence" (what they are calling dry leaf retention) but they suspect it protects leaf buds from moisture removal. It has been very dry here this fall/winter and warmer than usual too. So that would make sense. I'm wondering, then, why more trees aren't holding on to dry leaves this year!!
Thanks for the link ahntjudy, Who knew there was a name for that?!
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
It's a good thing my neighbors know me well... Strangers would just look at me oddly and wonder why I was either pushing it or carrying the snow on the shovel and walking down the driveway to the tree instead of just making a pile more nearby... I'll never change...
I garden ~~~ Therefore I am
OG Member since 2002 ~~~ Southeastern PA ~~~ Zone 7a
The same thing happened here with the Japanese Maples and some other varieties of Maples. The leaves never fell because we received a Hard 18 degree freeze........... BEFORE we got a series of normal milder killing frosts, which is the normal process of things around here.
Post by wheelgarden1 on Nov 11, 2018 17:50:09 GMT -5
We planted two Pin Oaks from the Arbor Day Society 27 years ago. One got a bit undergrown for a while with sawbrier, honeysuckle, and such. It was freed a few years ago, and now taking proper form.
The other one had no such issues. 40 feet and growing, it's the centerpiece of our backyard, doing the horizontal branching and fine crown that oaks do. Never had an oak grow so big, so fast. Gorgeous tree.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
When growing up, the house I lived in had a huge elm on the back side of the house and there was four trees between the front sidewalk and the unpaved street. The house stayed cool all day because of those shade trees. The elm died and when the highway came through, the four trees in front of the house were taken. What a change. Mom had no shade, so I bought and planted a pin oak between the sidewalk and the house. I caught so much crap about that tree...it's going to ruin the foundation was the main complaint from a couple of my siblings. The house had no foundation...It was sitting on limestone rocks. The tree grew and mom had some shade as she sat on her front porch. Mom passed away, my brothers own the house, the tree stood. Now my sister has bought the house and the tree is a grand specimen. I don't know the plans for the house, but I'll be surprised if the tree gets to stay.
I guess I'm just a "tree person".
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008.