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donnadoright
Anaheim, CA

June 24, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9178884

I don't see any bugs, but the tree is not as leafed out as it has always been, and I'm noticing a lot of stems that had leaves a few weeks ago that are empty now. Leaves aren't on the ground, so I assume they're getting completely chewed off. Eventually the stems turn brown and dry out, but it's happening on green stems. Any ideas?

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9178889

I'm not that familiar with citrus diseases, but given the symptoms I'd also consider a potential cultural issue or disease.
donnadoright
Anaheim, CA

June 24, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9178971

I'm open to any explanations- I don't know what you mean by cultural issues, though. What should I be looking for?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9178976

Cultural issues could be issues with watering (too much/too little), issues with soil, fertilizer, etc. I just think the way the tree didn't leaf out well in the first place and the way the stems turn brown after the leaves disappear seems more like a cultural problem or a disease of some sort rather than something eating the leaves.

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