Dead lilac tree

Martina O Reilly asked 14 years ago

I have a lilac tree about 10 yrs old. It started to lean over but was stopped falling by a coal bunker. The bark at the bottom of the trunk has lifted all the way around. We supported it up again and watered well – but the leaves have all withered and it looks dead. This happened just after it was in flower.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
If the bark has lifted, the tree is not going to recover. It is likely that a bacterial rot got under the bark, possibly through an injury and killed the layer under the bark.

Lilac might sprout again from the base, but might not.