Leaves On Redbud Died - Knowledgebase Question

Homosassa, Fl
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Question by munchy432000
July 1, 2010
I have a multiple trunk Red Bud (approx) 5 years old.

Overnight all the leaves on the main trunk died. No apparent lighting hit. Other branches still have their leaves.

Thank you,

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
Sorry to hear this. Without inspecting the tree its hard to tell why this happened. Because it is sudden, I would inspect the base of the trunk to see if there was any damage or decay. Sometimes multi-trunk trees hinder their own growth because of a bad network of stems at the base where they may be competing for space, rubbing up against one another and causing a limb to deteriorate over time. I would prune out the dead limb and and any branches to make room for new growth. Pruning usually results in lots of new growth, so you should see a dramatic increase in healthy new leaves and stems. If the tree does not respond well to pruning (wait until next summer before making a judgement), then you can remove it and replace it with something else. Redbuds are such attractive trees that I think it's worth the effort. Best wishes with your landscape!

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