SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 26/03/2018 onwards in Regional Discussions Posted July 22, 2018 1 hour ago, Snipper said: Just a natural reaction to abnormal dry weather. Dump excess leaves and it helps tree to go into a semi hibernation. If I have a very luxuriant plant and it is flagging I cut it right back so leaf cover is reduced. It then tends to sprout like mad when it grows on in better condition. In the future if you did a trunk core it may show a smaller growth ring than usual. Must admit it seems strange to have an early Autumn. Thank you. I didn’t know that, every day is a school day ha!