Next season we did not get any leaves and same happened last year as well. Above: I’m not superstitious like the Italians I know, but I somehow feel uneasy about having spent weeks admiring thousands of olive trees in Italy while at home, my own little tree was dying of thirst. In advanced stages, the white patches start turning gray or black in color. Cure:Fungicides such as propiconazole and triademefon are known as the most effective solutions for this plant disease. Such trees, with bare branches, look like skeletons. You will all agree that a layman cannot distinguish between a sick tree and a dead tree. Height – 16 to 20 feet (5 to 6 m) Exposure – full sun Soil – rich enough. Foliage – deciduous Flowering – March-April Harvest – July to September. There are several common symptoms of sickness that you can watch out for to determine if your tree needs help. It is contagious in nature and happens due to infection from a pathogen called erwinia amylovora. This is just one side of the story though! It can affect a wide variety of plants in your backyard under extremely humid weather conditions. When placing mulch around the base of the tree you have to make it thin to allow the roots to breathe. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 24, 2013: Hi leahlefler. 1. It is a medium tree, the leaves are oval and the flowers are white. While the tree starts dying, its roots lose their strength and ability to hold the tree upright in the soil. I am suffering the loss of a yellow pershore plum tree at the moment which has canker on the trunk where it was rubbing against the support, as it was a new tree. Branches start turning brown and dry up. Or possibly kill. Watch this video as Tricia walks you through the first steps to bring back that old tree. I noticed that some branches were starting to dry out and it seems like the tree is dying.. Unlike a healthy branch, dried branches do not bend. Since the tree is overgrown, you may need a ladder to reach the upper part of the crown. For this, you may use household disinfectants or bleach. (2 points) At other times, such trees are known to have foliage on just a couple of branches or on a tiny area, with rest of the branches completely bare. Similarly, the damaged part of the roots can accumulate moisture and attract a host of bacteria and fungi.✿ Avoid sprinkling weed fertilizer close to the trees.✿ Trees of different varieties require different methods of pruning. This is help to control spreading of the infection.✿ Always sterilize all knives and shears used to cut away sections of a diseased plant. Understand the water requirement of the tree and water it adequately. Trees add life and color to your gardens. So NC, can I leave the mini plum tree growing as it is - with my now dying plum? Remove suckers, found in areas such as under grafting scars and around the base of the tree; they take the water and nutrients from the tree but do not produce fruit. How to Revive a Buxus Plant. Even just once. The plum tree should take on a vase or Christmas-tree shape, which allows sunlight to filter through and encourage healthy growth. New shoots rising from the tree also tend to wilt. Similarly, you may administer some therapeutic fungicidal injections to the plant. The lifespan of this tree is comparatively short, as It generally lives up to 20 years on an average. My plum tree seems to be dying. You may notice wilting and gradual yellowing of branches from the crown towards the base. However, if your tree shows no buds, leaves or blooms, it may be dead. The plum is not very pretentious to the vegetation factors, valorising very well the soils from the hill area. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring. Let's try to ascertain if the tree is still living as a first step. You cannot miss this sign.