I have a weeping mulberry tree and it was beautiful a few days ago. I looked at it today and the leaves were all curled up and very brittle and had little tiny holes all over the leaves. Is the tree dying or does it have some kind of disease? What can be done?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Melissa: I cannot be certain what is going on with your weeping mulberry (Morus alba) without actually seeing it or knowing any specific details of your tree. How long has this tree been planted in its current location? Does it receive a good amount of sunlight? All plant material is more susceptible to problems when they are not planted in ideal situations. There are a few different insect and disease problems associated with mulberries, including scale, mites, mildew, and bacterial blight. For a more definitive answer you should take a sample to your County Cooperative Extension Service. The Logan County offices are located at 255 John Paul Road in Russellville. The telephone number is (270) 726-6323. The horticulture/agriculture agent will be able to identify the problem and give you solution options. For now make sure to keep the area around your tree free of any fallen plant debris. This will prevent further disease spread.