Why does this tree look like crap?

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  1. thethispointer

    thethispointer New Member

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    Hello,

    I took a photo of this tree outside my apartment and attached the image to this forum post. I outlined sections that stood out due to what I identified as lack of foliage.

    I was wondering why the tree is partially dead or appears to be dead? I was also wondering is there a way to fix this? ...can we prevent this?

    Let me know what you think!
     

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  2. Sundrop

    Sundrop Well-Known Member

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    Looks like in need of pruning. As for the cause of the problem, well, may be just too much asphalt around?
     
  3. Lysichiton

    Lysichiton Active Member

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    Talk to whoever is in charge of grounds maintenance in your complex. Talk to a local landscaper. Talk to your neighbours to get some pruning done. That is not a nice thing to loook at, is it?
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Silver Maple.
     
  5. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Silver Maples are short lived trees; it may be dying of old age.
     
  6. Cadillactaste

    Cadillactaste New Member

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    Curious what your winter was like...winter of 2013-14 we seen a lot of trees effected by that artic temps that lingered in our area.
     
  7. maplesmagpie

    maplesmagpie Active Member

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    Are they really short-lived trees? I have several in our area that are enormous specimens...probably 80-90 feet high with a several foot diameter. They look healthy and thriving, and have been there for at least 50 years.
     
  8. maplesmagpie

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    Ah... short-lived meaning *only* 130 years or so. ;) I don't think the OP's tree is anywhere near old age.

    http://www.massmaple.org/treeid.php
     

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