The tuliptree gets its name from the fragrant, tulip-shaped like flowers that bloom in the spring. But the tuliptree has other distinct physical characteristics including a large, thick trunk with furrowed bark and glossy leaves that turn golden in fall. The crown of this tall tree remains domed or narrower than the base even as the tree ages.
A tuliptree is a great flowering tree for larger properties or yards. Keeping the tree looking its best requires some diligence regarding potential tree diseases. Many of the diseases that can strike a tuliptree mostly cause cosmetic damage, which means the problem can be treated with the help of a tree care service.
Powdery mildew, which is caused by a fungal infection, creates a white fuzzy growth on the surface of the leaves. The mildew can fall from the leaves and coat the surrounding ground or sidewalks. Affected leaves can become so coated that the leaves die and fall from the tree prematurely.
Powdery mildew doesn't cause any long-term damage to the tree. You can minimize the unattractiveness by hiring a tree care service to remove affected leaves from the ground around the tree and from the branches. Removal can keep the mildew from spreading further through the tree.
Sooty mold resembles a dark-colored version of powdery mildew. The mold is caused by a fungus reacting with honeydew excretions created when insects feed on the leaves of the tree. The sooty mold can cause severely affected leaves to fall off ahead of schedule.
Treating sooty mold can be messy because the mold doesn't just grow on the leaves but rather anywhere the insects have dripped honeydew. That means the mold can be on the tree, nearby grasses, or even sidewalks and outdoor furniture.
Calling in a tree care service can get the unattractive leaves off the tree and ground and get the honeydew cleaned up so no more mold forms. The tree service can also perform pest control to remove the insects that are causing the honeydew to form.
The leaves of a tuliptree can turn yellow during summer and fall from the tree. The process can resemble the onset of a cosmetic tree disease but is often simply the result of hot weather and insufficient hydration.
Call in a tree care service to properly diagnose the tree and make sure a tree disease isn't the culprit. The service can then increase the hydration and fertilization for the tree so that any remaining leaves are more likely to stay on the tree until autumn.