Identification: [Help!] Suddenly Dying Indoor Tree

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by Pearl, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. Pearl

    Pearl New Member

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    Vancouver, Canada Area
    Hi, would someone please tell me what kind of tree this is and how I can save it?

    This tree had been taken care of all its life by my precious mother until she passed away 1 year ago. It has been with our family for many years. It had always had gorgeous vibrantly verdant leaves and stood tall and strong at over 5 feet.

    Last week I noticed it was getting too tall so I trimmed the top 1/2 foot of the stem All of sudden this week I noticed the sad state that it currently is with brown drooping leaves. It is also emitting a slightly pungent and toxic plant smell. What is wrong? How can I save it?

    Please help us!

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks like overwatering - that makes the roots rot, and the plant then dies.

    If you still have the top, pot it up and there's a good chance it will take root and grow.
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  3. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Vancouver, BC Canada
    It looks like Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'.

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