We have a Canadian Red Bud tree in our back yard. It has had some white...

Asked May 24, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

We have a Canadian Red Bud tree in our back yard. It has had some white growth spots on some of the branches for the last two years. They appear to be fungus looking. After some research, we read to cut off those branches. We have done that. This year, the tree is just starting to bud, later than most years. Again, with some web research we are reading about liquid copper, but have not applied. We are very concerned that it is dying. It is such a beautiful tree and we would like to do whatever we can do to save it. Thanks for your time.

Hennepin County Minnesota

3 Responses

The trunk appears to have been damaged by borers and wood rot fungi. The damage might be severe enough to warrant removing the tree. However, if the damage isn't too extensive it may still have years of serviceable life.

We advise asking a certified arborist or forester to assess the tree's health onsite and recommend a course of action.

Information at the following website may be of interest.

Wood Rots and Decays
http://ipm.illinois.edu/diseases/rpds/642.pdf


Please advise on contacting a certified arborist or forester in the area. Thanks

This website will guide you:

How to hire a professional arborist to help care for your landscape trees
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/how-to-hire-a-professional-arborist/