Chinese elm leaf drop

AD_Crimson

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Hello,

I only got this cork bark Chinese elm last year and it has been doing well but a couple of days ago i noticed some leaf drop. It is mainly happening on lower branches and not the top canopy. I've been monitoring moisture levels pretty closely so it should have enough water and the leaves arent dry. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Because I know others will want to know, where are you from? You can enter the info in your profile to make it easier

is your tree still producing new healthy leaves?
 

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I live in massachusetts zone 6b. I updated my profile so hope it works.

There are healthy leaves growing at the tips of most branches. Its just odd because like the picture I posted almost whole branches have dropped most of their leaves.
 

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Have you considered some creature eating the leaves? Lower leaves only would indicate a ground based herbivore, probably something small, maybe comes at night?
No other reason I can think of.
 

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When you tap the base of the tree do you see more leaves dropping? I had this earlier in the year and it was a minor fungal problem. I few squirts of rose clear and it was much better. Saying that your leaves look pretty happy.
 

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Thanks for the input! I don't think it is something coming and eating the leaves because I can see leaves in the pot and have leaves actively falling when I bump the tree. I'll look into using the rose clear and see if that may be a solution.
 

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Thanks for the input! I don't think it is something coming and eating the leaves because I can see leaves in the pot and have leaves actively falling when I bump the tree. I'll look into using the rose clear and see if that may be a solution.
Exactly what I had, I did three treatments. Leave at least 7 days per treatment but give it a good spray. Sorted it out. Good luck!
 

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