Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)  - The Minnesota DNR has some good news concerning the sick-looking silver maples and elms being reported around the state in recent weeks.  

The agency says its foresters have noticed many of the trees have stunted or no leaves and while they may appear to be in poor health, they will rebound within a few years.

The DNR says a natural cycle of large seed production is one reason for the sick-looking trees. The overproduction of seeds means there is less energy for leaf development. Stress from various environmental factors may also play a role.

The DNR says fertilizing the affected trees is not recommended but adequate watering should be done during periods of drought.

Other states are reporting similar conditions.

To learn more about tree care, visit the DNR’s tree care Web page.

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