Answer: I'll admit that I've kicked a few trees out of frustration, too. It didn't help the problem, but it sure made me feel better! Chitalpa are generally free of insect and disease pests but yellow spots on the leaves suggest a disease. Without seeing the problem, it's hard to make an accurate diagnosis. Your best bet is to take a sample of the problem to your local Cooperative Extension office for expert advice. Take healthy leaves, spotted leaves and leaves that are beginning to dry up. The staff will help sort out the problem and provide control recommendations. Contact UC Davis Cooperative Extension at 559-675-7879. Best wishes with your Chitalpa trees!
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