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Is my aspen dying?

Discussion in 'Plant Health' started by JohnGalt36, May 15, 2018.

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  1. JohnGalt36

    JohnGalt36 New Member

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    I have a problem with one of my aspen trees and can't find any problems online that match it. I'm in Idaho (zone 5b) and just bought a house. It appears as though this tree has been cut back before, but I'm not sure why it hasn't succeeded like the other one.

    Any insight is appreciated.

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    It is planted too deep. I'd start from there...
     
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    Interesting. Would you recommend digging it out a bit? Is the tree done for since it's planted too deep?

    There was a significant amount of undergrowth beneath the tree that I cleared out today and it probably lowered the soil level a good 4 inches around the tree as well.
     
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    Wow...you already lowered it 4"? You should see the root collar - where the trunk flares out into the main structural roots right at the surface.

    I doubt that tree stands much of a chance. But know for the next one you plant, make sure it is as the correct depth. The often come from the nurseries too deep - I have to scrape 3-4" off the top of the root ball before planting many trees....
     
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    4" might be on the high end, but somewhere around there. We bought the house with these trees in, so I have no idea how they were planted. The other one is doing quite nicely, though.

    Thank you for your responses.
     
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    Mattheck refers to the genus as a whole as Populus pieceofshitii...
     

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