Have you noticed during the spring & summer months in North and South Carolina that your trees looked a little less than vibrant green? Chlorosis may be to blame. Chlorosis is a serious condition where a tree’s ability to manufacture chlorophyll has been compromised. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in trees and can be very easy to spot by looking at the leaf color. Mild chlorosis may be characterized by a pale green appearance to the leaves, while in severe cases leaves can be yellow and even white.
There are a number of factors that can cause chlorosis in trees, but mineral deficiencies and root system health are among the most significant causes. Some common reasons trees may appear chlorotic include, severe soil compaction, over-irrigation, lawn herbicides, root severing, root rot disease, and repeated drought.
If you feel your trees suffer from Chlorosis, here are some simple steps to take: