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    dying maple tree?

    I have a large old maple tree in my yard that may be dying...
    Last fall, the knot in the trunk started "leaking" a liquid that smelled like warm beer, and it attracted a lot of insects. This spring, the same smell was back, but not as strong, and only about half of the usual leaves budded. Now the leaves are already brown and falling from the tree. It's only the beginning of June. Is my tree dying or will it bounce back next year??

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    Oak
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    RE: dying maple tree?

    It sounds like your maple has bacterial wetwood, a.k.a. "slime flux." That's a bacterial infection in the wood which can kill areas of cambium. The smell is a dead giveaway. Trees can live a long time with this problem, and it actually inhibits fungal rot (so it doesn't make the tree dangerous), but it can be a stress factor which contributes to the tree's gradual decline.

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