In this Palo Alto Online column, Jeff Newborn from the Menlo Park office talks about zombie trees or trees that are dying from the inside out.

Posted: October 13, 2023

The month of October is for all things fall – watching spooky movies, going to haunted attractions, attending every Oktoberfest event within a 20-mile radius, and of course, trick-or-treating. Among the dressed-up ghouls and goblins, there also could be another fright lurking in your own backyard – zombie trees.Trunk of a tree with long branches

These are trees that appear to be thriving and look healthy, but are actually dying from the inside out. Since zombie trees are at risk of falling, they present hidden dangers that can potentially cause significant damage if property owners aren't on the lookout.

Zombie trees can be caused by a variety of factors, such as lightning, hard freezes, diseases, fungus rot or insect damage.

To learn more about zombie trees, click here.

For more information, contact the Menlo Park Davey office.

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