It's mid-April in Garrett Park, MD and all the trees around here, except the 30' tall hickory tree in my front yard, have leaves. Is it safe to assume the hickory tree is dead? We noticed last fall that more nuts than usual fell from the tree. Could that have been a sign?

It is impossible to determine if your hickory is dead without seeing it. However, hickories leaf out slower than many of our other native trees, so it is possible that its failure to leaf out by mid-April is normal. Heavy fruit set (more nuts than usual) does not necessarily correspond with impending tree death.

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