Common Tree Problems to Watch Out For


When spring comes budding leaves and flowers are not the only things making an appearance. Unfortunately many insects and fungi chose that time to show up as well. If you know what to look for you may be able to prevent damage before it happens, or know when to call tree removal to save your other plant life before something spreads. Keep reading to learn some of the warning signs.

Sick Leaves

Sick leaves are one of the easiest signs to spot. They can be yellowing or browning out of season, look wilted when trees nearby appear fine, or even have chew marks on them from insects. Browning leaves when a tree should be budding can indicate the presence of fungus. Missing or fallen leaves could be a caterpillar problem, and chewed leaves could be several types of insect. A professional can treat your trees if you find these signs.


Visual insect signs are another clear sign. These could include signs of nests, peeling bark, or even groups of the bugs themselves. Scaly insects can be particularly destructive. A professional can asses the problem and let you know if treatment or tree removal is your best option.

Sticky residue

Sticky residue similar to sap can be another indication of a potential problem. Many insects feed on sap and excrete a honey or similar residue as they go. Not only can this indicate a bug problem, but the residue itself can cause leaves to wilt. Left too long it can attract fungi or mold leading to further problems for the tree.


If you think you may have a problem with a tree it’s best to call a professional. Share with them the signs you’ve noticed. Once they’ve taken a look at the problem areas they can let you know what your best solution will be. In many cases you can treat the tree with fungicide or insecticide, or fit the tree with a repellent band. However, in some cases tree removal may be the best option.