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Nov 1, 2016 12:01 PM CST
Hi Everyone,

I have a young Eastern Redbud that I planted this past spring and it looks to not be doing so well. I live in Houston, Texas and I know they are common here in Texas, so I'm curious what could be causing it to look sick. When I planted it, I gave it slow releasing fertilizer and have been watering it about once a week, unless it rains. It gets plenty of sunshine too.

I noticed that some type of insect has been cutting circles out of its leaves and I'm unsure what type of bug is so interested in my Redbud, but it seems to love it. Any help on what may be going on with it to cause big yellow spots on it's leaves? I have noticed them for a few weeks now and it looks like some leaves are starting to turn brown. Would love some advice!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 1, 2016 1:51 PM CST

The holes are caused by leaf cutting bees. They aren't harming your plant. I can't see the yellow spots you are talking about - is it just going dormant for the winter?
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Nov 1, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Welcome! I can see a few yellow spots on the lower leaves but we'd need a closer picture to get any idea what they are. They don't look too bad from what I can see. I wonder if the tree is planted too deep. I can't see an obvious flare at the bottom of the trunk. How far down are the top roots?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 3, 2016 12:13 PM CST
Them ol leaf cutters love em. 😄
As 4 growing ! They love lots of water. There notorious for branches dieing. And loose there leafs earlier than most trees. Except for a horse-
Chestnut. Yours is OK !😎 Mine have lost 90% of leafs dropped allready !!!
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