Fertilizing Shade and Ornamental Trees

Ann Marie VanDerZanden
FS 103 | Revised December 2018


Describes how to identify signs of nutrient deficiency in shade and ornamental trees. Discusses the most common soil nutrient deficiencies, types of fertilizer, and fertilization techniques. Offers a simple method, based on tree trunk diameter, for determining how much fertilizer to use.

About the authors

Ann Marie VanDerZanden
Extension state Master Gardener coordinator
Oregon State University

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