Tulip Poplar – Early Yellowing

Q: I have many trees in my yard. This tree thinks it’s fall every year in June. Does it need fertilizer? Is it dying? It seems healthy otherwise. I am so tired of having to rake leaves in June, July and August as well as in the fall. Please help. It would be very expensive to have this tree cut down so I hope there is something else I can do.

A: Tulip poplar is famous for dropping leaves whenever it feels stress. Both drought and excess water cause the tree to be uncomfortable – which it demonstrates by dropping yellow leaves.

This is one of those characteristics you just have to learn to live with. Be glad you don’t have to tolerate the stickery balls of a sweetgum tree!

Tulip poplar leaf in June

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