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Kajukid

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Elm tree, winter question...
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:36 AM »
okay so i have a couple of Elm tree, and 3 of them has dropped all their leafs but the other 3 i have has not....is this normal? their leafs are still green...is it okay for me to just pull them off??
 

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Re: Elm tree, winter question...
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 08:49 AM »
In my yard, I'd leave the trees alone until the leaves started to turn ...even if it was only slightly.  Do you have some need of removing the leaves?
 

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Re: Elm tree, winter question...
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 09:23 AM »
I've been told that pulling them off isn't exactly what you want to do. 'IF' they need to come off, cut the leaf stem below the leaf proper. Thereby not damaging the bud that is at the base of that leaf stem.

Hope that is clear......

Jay
 

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Re: Elm tree, winter question...
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 10:26 AM »
I've found that chinese elms tend to have their own clock when it comes time to pushing out growth and going dormant.  Some of my cork barks were on the later side in dropping leaves this year, and I have a big seiju elm that pretty much still has all its leaves (which are all green).  Most of my other deciduous trees started dropping leaves about 3-4 weeks ago.

I wouldn't touch the leaves either - let the tree decide when to drop them.
 

Kajukid

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Re: Elm tree, winter question...
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 10:33 AM »
Okay I was just wondering thanks everyone. I'll leave them on. Thanks again
 

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Re: Elm tree, winter question...
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011, 10:52 AM »
Don't be tempted to remove the leaves. Doing so can spur new growth--definitely NOT something you want to do at the beginning of winter.
They may not drop on their own and could remain on the tree for the entire winter. If the tree is out in the cold, that means they will just freeze and die. They might drop after they've been crisped by frost and freezing, or might not. Won't really hurt the tree as they will simply be pushed off come new growth in the spring.

I used to have a "catlin" Chinese elm that NEVER dropped its leaves. They remained on the tree and got freeze dried during winter. They fall off all at once in the spring, or if I shook the trunk in Feb. Tree didn't seem to have a problem though. It grew vigorously beginning in late March without fail.
 

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Re: Elm tree, winter question...
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2011, 05:31 PM »
If the leaves begin to turn and fall I would remove them all and perform a light cut back.  Remove all the leaves and debris from the soil to prevent any fungal or other problems come spring.