Most people don’t know all the signs of an unhealthy tree. While you see the trees on your property every day, you may not know exactly what to look for when determining their health. Trees don’t become unhealthy overnight. They decay and lose their health over time. 

It’s important to take notice of how your tree is growing in order to maintain its health. An unhealthy tree can be potentially dangerous to your home, property, and person. If your tree is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it may be time to call your local arborists.



Leaves promote the health of the tree; after all, trees gather most of their nutrients through their leaves. They are also a significant indicator that something may be wrong with the tree. When a tree loses a significant amount of leaves either all over or in a particular area, that may be a sign the tree isn’t healthy. Leaves that are growing smaller than normal or are an unusual color could also be an indicator that the tree isn’t doing well. 


Broken and Weak Branches

One or two broken branches aren’t bad. But if there is an excessive amount of broken branches, your tree has a problem. During the winter or even during the storm season, it can be hard to determine if a tree is healthy by looking at its branches. It’s normal for those seasons to be hard on trees. But if you feel that the tree is losing branches excessively, it’s time to have the tree inspected.


If it’s Leaning

This is a slightly obvious sign of tree health. Healthy trees should be standing straight. Leaning trees are a big indicator that the health of the tree has declined. A tree should be able to support the weight of its branches. If it’s starting to lean, it means the tree can no longer handle its own weight. An arborist will be able to make a plan to potentially save the tree.


Abnormal Fungi

Healthy trees don’t have a lot of fungi or mushrooms growing on them. Fungi is different from moss which simply uses the tree to grow on. Trees start to decay from the inside out. Fungus feeds off of dead tissue. So if you spot fungus or mushrooms on a tree, that’s a sign that the tree has already begun dying.


Looking for Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl? 

If your trees are exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s time to call a Jacksonville arborist!

Our certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s) and determine if branches close to or over your home are a risk. Our arborists will inform you of what branches should be trimmed or removed. We believe in saving trees, but we also believe in keeping your home safe. Sometimes removing an unhealthy tree is the best decision for your home and the surrounding landscape.

Our team can safely and easy remove tree branches from trees overhanging on your property. We know how to trim, relocate, and care for trees so that they will be healthy year-long. 

 Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and services customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.