My parents have the same problem with their mulberry and were told at a nursery here that it is due to overexposure to light, as the side of their tree that is suffering the most has a street lamp nearby. Our tree, however, seems to be suffering on the side opposite the nearest street lamp. The previous owner stated she was told it was some sort of fungal infection. Is there anything we can do to bring health back to our tree?
Howard Burnett responds: Mulberries are subject to a variety of fungal and bacterial infections that may well be the source of your concerns. I rather doubt that exposure to a street light would create a major problem and believe the former owner's concern about a fungal infection is more likely on the right track. Contact a certified arborist in your area who can pinpoint the problem and treat it. To find a certified arborist, go to this website and type in your zip code : http://www.isa-arbor.com/findArborist/findarborist.aspx. The International Society of Arborists will provide a list of certified arborists in your area (sometimes they are not well identified in the phone book).
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