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    10'-12' tall young silver maple with possible desease

    I have 2 of 3 maples that are about 4 years old that are not doing well this spring. I live in OHIO and last fall I noticed that these 2 trees lost their leaves ealier than the healthier 3rd tree. Now this spring they barely have leaves and many branches are dry and brittle. I also noticed that both of their barks are pealing and their seems to be a greenish powdery mold on the bark of both trees. DOes anyone have any idea what their problem is? Are they worth saving or is it time to give up and plant new during this spring season?

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    RE: 10'-12' tall young silver maple with possible desease

    Pics of that 'mold' would help immensely! Peeling bark is bad, for sure. Anything happen to affect the tree's roots?? Any 'bad' stuff in the soil maybe deeper down? Like is the trees' area an old 'storage site' for junk/cans of paint, etc. Often, ground *looks* fine but deeper down there's havoc awaiting, but no idea of *your* situation. Have any neighbors sprayed any 'poisons' lately/last year? I have a rancher across street from me that *hoses* his fields with 2,4-D when its windy and not blowing towards *his* house - had a 'nice' talk and appropriate threats, and he won't be doing *that* again, LOL. Holding and gesturing with a shotgun whilst talking gets peoples' ear wax cleaned out quickly

    The 'mold/mildew' stuff may be a cause of problem, or a result of another problem, an opportunistic invader, per se. And any tree is worth saving *if* you can ID the problem, otherwise, rip 'em out and remove from area First thing came to *my* mind was 'powdery mildew', but I have little experience with 'arborial' diseases, fwiw. I *know* a pic or two would help those 'in-the-know', so if possible, show us your stuff, please. You might also contact your local Extension Office and see if they are aware of any problematic issues locally of which you should be aware - not uncommon for diseases to infest an area, rather than *just* a few trees

    HTH,
    Alex

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