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Effects of Long-Term Drought on Urban Trees

Publication Number: P3035
Updated: January 31, 2017
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Unlike forest trees, urban trees must adapt to a number of environmental stressors. These include compacted soils, contaminants, diseases, high temperatures, mechanical damage, restricted root systems, and more.

In cases where water stress occurs over a short period of time (such as a single growing season), homeowners will observe wilted leaves, leaf scorch, or leaves prematurely dropping from the tree. The effects of long-term (more than a growing season) drought on plant health are less obvious, but more serious.

Because Mississippi has experienced increasingly frequent periods of drought in the past several years, it is important for homeowners to learn how to identify symptoms of drought stress and how they can keep their trees healthy.

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Community Forestry Participatory Natural Resources Management Private Forest Landowner Education

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