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Tree Removal Symptoms
Tree Care
Ignacio Chavez  

Symptoms And Signs That A Tree Should Be Removed

At Duranchi Tree Service understand the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe environment around your property. Trees are not only beautiful and important to the environment, but they may also be dangerous if they get infected, injured, or dead.

Assessing Tree Health

  • Visual Inspection: Check the tree carefully, searching for any apparent symptoms of fading, dead branches, or fungus growth. These symptoms may indicate that the tree is in bad health and should be destroyed.
  • Leaf Abnormalities: Pay attention to any significant changes in the tree’s leaves, such as discoloration, wilting, or premature leaf drop. These abnormal leaf patterns can be symptomatic of an underlying issue that requires immediate attention.
  • Cracks or Cavities: Inspect the trunk and major branches for visible cracks, splits, or cavities. Because of these structural flaws, the tree is more sensitive to breaking or collapsing, especially under severe weather.
  • Decay and Fungal Growth: Notice any fungal growth, such as mushrooms or conks, around the base of the tree or on the trunk. This could indicate internal decay, compromising the tree’s stability and overall health.

Signs of Pest Infestation

  • Bark Damage: Look for signs of bark damage, including peeling, holes, or tunnels. Pests like beetles, borers, or termites can cause significant harm to a tree’s vascular system, hindering its ability to transport essential nutrients.
  • Presence of Insects: Observe the tree for an unusual number of insects, such as wood-boring beetles or ants. These pests often target weak or stressed trees, accelerating their decline.
  • Unexplained Dieback: If you notice sudden and widespread dieback of branches, it could be a sign of pest infestation. Insects like the emerald ash borer or gypsy moth larvae can cause extensive damage, leading to the eventual demise of the tree.

Structural Instability

  • Leaning or Unbalanced Growth: Pay attention to any noticeable lean in the tree’s structure or an imbalance in its crown. This could indicate root damage, soil erosion, or poor weight distribution, making the tree prone to uprooting or falling.
  • Multiple Trunks: Evaluate trees with multiple trunks, as they are more susceptible to splitting or snapping during storms or high winds. Weakly attached trunks compromise the overall stability of the tree and pose a potential hazard.
  • Root Issues: Check for signs of root decay, such as exposed or decaying roots, heaving soil, or a noticeable decline in foliage. These symptoms suggest underlying root problems that can affect the tree’s stability and overall health.

Safety Concerns

  • Structures: Structures: Determine the distance between the tree and any surrounding structures, such as your home, garage, or electricity lines. If the tree’s branches are encroaching or touching these structures, it presents a safety hazard during storms or heavy winds.
  • Hanging or Dead Branches: Identify any hanging or dead branches within the tree’s canopy. These branches, known as “windowmakers,” can break off unexpectedly, endangering people and property beneath.
  • Tree Decline: If a tree shows severe decline and is beyond recovery, it may be necessary to remove it proactively. Waiting for a tree in this condition to fall on its own can lead to significant damage or injury.


Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a dying tree is critical for keeping a safe and visually beautiful landscape. By staying vigilant and addressing any concerns promptly, you can prevent accidents and property damage. Remember, if you feel a tree on your property has to be removed, it’s always recommended to contact with a qualified arborist or professional tree care company.