Flowering Plum Tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by imtheboss30
August 2, 2010
I have a Flowering Plum Tree and the leaves are green. Every spring it comes back with pretty flowers and the leaves are purple. As the season goes by,the leaves start to turn green and have holes in them and with white and yellow patches on them, I don't see anything eating them.In the middle of the tree there are just branches no leaves. The tree has new growth and some leaves are purple.Help!

Answer from NGA
August 2, 2010
Purple leaf plum grows best in full sunshine. The leaves will turn from purple to green if your tree gets too much shade. Holes in the leaves are not unusual - many types of beetles will feed on the leaves and then move on to other plants in other yards. There's not much you can do to discourage these pests other than use a systemic insecticide (such as Merit or Bayer Advanced Shrub and Tree Insect Control). You can help your tree fill out by pruning it lightly after the flowers fade each spring. Best wishes with your tree.

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