problem with eastern redbud

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by stymie, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. stymie

    stymie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am looking for a little help. I have a 6 year old eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) that has had 6 great years of growth. While it flowered this spring very nicely it is now rapidly dying off. I have no idea why. The leaves look as if the tree hasn't seen water in months- obviously, since I'm in southern CT... it has seen plenty of rain this year. One thing I have noticed is that the bark has been peeling off in big strips (see pics below).

    I have a couple of ideas but want to pass them by the forum.

    1. It ran into ledge below the root ball and can't get enough nourishment. Very possible where this tree is located.
    2. Disease
    3. Soil too compacted.

    I have given it hollytone in early spring and late fall every year (about a cup per time) and have watered it during drought. This is a very beautiful tree and I'm sad to see it go. So before I spent a bunch of money on another redbud I thought I would ask you guys...

    any thoughts?





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