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Chlorosis: Why Watching for Paling or Yellow Leaves is Vital For Your Trees

Call Florida’s Tree Masters if you notice leaves on your tree that are fading to a pale green color or yellow. Those discolored leaves might be a symptom of iron chlorosis.

 

Symptoms and Diagnosis

 

Leaves losing their vibrant green and paling into a light green or yellow is the primary symptom of iron chlorosis. This discoloration could be localized to a few leaves, an individual branch, or it could show up in the entire crown.

 

Lack of chlorophyll causes this leaf discoloration. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in leaves that is responsible for photosynthesis. Lack of chlorophyll causes slow growth, declining tree health, and if left untreated over a long period of time, tree death.

 

When you call a certified arborist, they will first rule out other causes. Insects or other diseases can also cause paling leaves. It is equally important to diagnose these problems, too, to treat your tree and bring it back to health.

 

Cause

 

In short, iron deficiency causes iron chlorosis.

 

This deficiency can be the result of a number of problems, but it is thought to typically be caused by the pH levels in soil.

 

Other factors can make a tree more susceptible to iron deficiency, such as poorly drained soil.

 

Treatment

 

The good news is that this is treatable.

 

The treatment for iron chlorosis involves inoculations (injections) directly into the trunk of the tree. Humans need medicine for an iron deficiency, and so do your trees. Without proper and timely treatment, chlorosis could cause tree death.

 

 

 

Floridas Tree Masters is a tree service with the top rated tree surgeons/arborists in the Volusia County area. Serving Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Ormond Beach, Deland, Deltona, and surrounding cities. Floridas Tree Masters has years of experience in tree care, including tree removal and tree pruning. Affordable, licensed and insured, and always free estimates.

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