circular cuts in red bud leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Debbe Crissman
Staunton, VA (Zone 6b)
Question by d2e0e0t8y
July 16, 2010
we have recently found that deer are coming into our yard and eating tender leaves from our little red bud tree, but it also is having an issue with what someone said were

Answer from NGA
July 16, 2010
If the leaves have half moon shaped pieces cut out, cutter bees are the likely culprits. Round circles in the centers of the leaves can be caused by caterpillars or by beetles. Until you find the culprits, there's not much you can do to control them. Since the deer think your redbud is delicious about the only way to protect it is with a physical barrier - at least until it has a chance to grow up so it can tolerate the feeding. You may need to drive some stakes into the ground around the tree and attach chicken wire to the stakes. Keep the stakes and barrier about 3' away from the tree and at least 6' tall. This will keep the deer from feeding on the leaves and branches. Best wishes with your redbud!

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