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Old 05-06-2021, 09:31 AM   #1
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From Texas A&M Forest Service:

"Driving across Texas these past few weeks, you might’ve noticed a significant number of oak trees that have only partial foliage, if any at all, as a result of the winter storm that swept across the state in mid-February.

This delay in the “leafing-out” process for some oak trees has stumped experts and professionals across the state – primarily because there doesn’t seem to be any obvious, identifiable trend. The phenomenon is affecting all species of oak, from Monterrey oaks to post oaks, and Shumard red oaks. Even live oaks – a species known for their sturdiness and resilience – have been incredibly late to grow new buds."

More info: https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=31600
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Old 05-06-2021, 10:34 AM   #2
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Baseball size hail sure didn’t help my oaks
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Old 05-06-2021, 10:36 AM   #3
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Noticed the same, especially with the bigger trees. My Ash trees we hit very hard also.
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:10 AM   #4
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2 of my neighbors have oaks like that. 1 has just one big limb with leaves & other has little clusters of leaves scattered around on it
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:19 AM   #5
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My life oaks were doing GREAT after the winter storm... Fresh leaves all over. Then the hailstorm stripped them leaving about 10% of the leaves left and breaking off many of the tiny new stem growth. They are finally starting to leaf out again and I hope no more stress but I think they are all going to be OK.
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:26 AM   #6
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I wish I could say my Ash trees were doing good but I'm not sure they are going to make it or not.
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:39 AM   #7
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I have a big oak by my house that's been slow to bud. It's coming around though. Had me worried.
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:42 AM   #8
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How do you mention the winter storm in the first sentence and then say this: "This delay in the “leafing-out” process for some oak trees has stumped experts and professionals across the state – primarily because there doesn’t seem to be any obvious, identifiable trend. "
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Old 05-06-2021, 12:08 PM   #9
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Our two 70 year old Live Oaks are rocking.................
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Old 05-06-2021, 12:19 PM   #10
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My Burr Oaks and sole Live Oak were unfazed, but my Ash tree has all but lost a battle with the grim reaper! By the way, how does Ash wood do in a smoker or direct fire grill? What, too soon?


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Old 05-06-2021, 12:26 PM   #11
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How do you mention the winter storm in the first sentence and then say this: "This delay in the “leafing-out” process for some oak trees has stumped experts and professionals across the state – primarily because there doesn’t seem to be any obvious, identifiable trend. "
Obviously it is freeze-related. But, not all trees have been affected the same way. Some look fine, others partially leafed, others none at all. Size/age of the tree doesn't seem to matter, neither does species. Oaks across most of Texas have adapted to freezes, even hard freezes, but the last one (or a combination of the 2 freezes/snows) seems to have affected individual trees differently.
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:52 PM   #12
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Like the article says it had more to do with the time of year than anything. We have had those type temps in December and January without any tree damage. This freeze hit the middle of February.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:49 PM   #13
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From Texas A&M Forest Service:

"Driving across Texas these past few weeks, you might’ve noticed a significant number of oak trees that have only partial foliage, if any at all, as a result of the winter storm that swept across the state in mid-February.

This delay in the “leafing-out” process for some oak trees has stumped experts and professionals across the state – primarily because there doesn’t seem to be any obvious, identifiable trend. The phenomenon is affecting all species of oak, from Monterrey oaks to post oaks, and Shumard red oaks. Even live oaks – a species known for their sturdiness and resilience – have been incredibly late to grow new buds."

More info: https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=31600
Good info, thanks for posting, my (North TX) live oaks are slowly growing new leaves.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:53 PM   #14
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I have been losing live oaks for the last few years . I don’t know what is killing them. I’m talking like 40 or 50 trees.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:00 AM   #15
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Lost all of my burr oak seedlings and have 2 big red oaks in the yard that I am worried about losing

Makes me sick just thinking about losing one of them
Probably close to 3' diameter at the base
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:15 AM   #16
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I wish I could say my Ash trees were doing good but I'm not sure they are going to make it or not.
my ash trees are starting to show life. Mainly near the trunk, but better than a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:16 AM   #17
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My Burr Oaks and sole Live Oak were unfazed, but my Ash tree has all but lost a battle with the grim reaper! By the way, how does Ash wood do in a smoker or direct fire grill? What, too soon?


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I checked about ash as smoke wood. From what I read, its supposed to be good. I've never tried it though
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:17 AM   #18
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I’ve noticed about a dozen or so of my bigger oaks are only half bloomed. I figured they were burned to the freeze and should bounce back next spring.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:20 AM   #19
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come on A & M, is no mystery. Everything in the tree world is delayed this year, in certain areas. Shrubs are either dead or living, there is no recovery for them.
Just don't go cutting stuff down until maybe after this year, THEN you'll know for sure.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:21 AM   #20
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I’ve noticed about a dozen or so of my bigger oaks are only half bloomed. I figured they were burned to the freeze and should bounce back next spring.
I've got a few of my big oaks that are the same and sure hoping they do. Think I lost one 100 year old tree though. She still hasn't put out any leaves whatsoever...makes me sick.
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:50 AM   #21
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We have hundreds of post oaks and there are several of our larger trees that haven’t leafed out from about 20ft and up. Strange for sure.
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:03 AM   #22
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Thanks for the article. Was concerned about my liveoaks. Feel a little better now. Hoping they bounce back completely.
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Old 05-10-2021, 03:10 PM   #23
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and have 2 big red oaks in the yard that I am worried about losing

Makes me sick just thinking about losing one of them
Probably close to 3' diameter at the base
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I've got three huge red oaks within sight of the house that I thought were gone. They didn't bloom out when all the rest of the red oaks did. I walked out there today and noticed on all of them there is new foliage all over them except for the last 3-4' of the limbs. Looks similar to when trees have been pruned and start new limb growth. Give them time would be my suggestion.
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Old 05-10-2021, 03:22 PM   #24
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not oaks, but all of my citrus trees (grapefruit, lemon, kumquat, satsuma) went bare. 3 of the 4 finally have new growth coming back (low on the trees, for some reason). My pear had looked like crap for 6 months, immediately after the freeze it popped and has looked WAY better than it ever has.
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Old 05-10-2021, 03:41 PM   #25
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Default Good info about the oak tree recovery throughout TX

I have 3 live oaks all over 150yrs old. One closer to 350yrs. Been completely leafed out for over a week now. Thank god. If they weren’t I would be panicking


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Old 05-10-2021, 03:56 PM   #26
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I had already made up my mind to wait it out before taking any trees out, looks like that’s the professional opinion also. I hope they know what they’re talking about.
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Old 05-10-2021, 04:33 PM   #27
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Im about to be like a spider monkey on the HOAs and COAs rear end. Rip the smurfing hawthorns out Pincheros. Replant with boxwoods. All mine have gone bonkers.

All the invasive laurels have burnt back to the ground. Yes!
All my oaks are rocking and rolling. The bur oak seedlings are KnA.

Im kinda hoping for a drought. Welcome to Texas...where the extreme weather...is normal.
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