We planted a redbud last fall that seems to be struggling. The blossoms were...

Asked July 2, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT

We planted a redbud last fall that seems to be struggling. The blossoms were slow to open, some just fell off. The leaves are dense and close together. It is planted near a fence made of pressure treated wood, but that fence has been there for at least 30 years. We have trouble with other plants in this garden and wondered if it was the proximity to the cedar trees. It gets about 3-4 hours of sun and then is mostly shaded.

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Your redbud does not show the symptoms of a specific redbud disease or pest, however overly-dense foliage can be a symptom of herbicide damage. Have any herbicides been used in the area on the lawn or for weed control in the bed?

Neither the fence nor cedars nearby would have any bearing on the redbud's growth.
Consider environmental/cultural problems such as overwatering or lack of watering. Go through each problem in the following factsheet and be sure that none of these were done: http://extension.umd.edu/learn/common-abiotic-plant-problems-hg86

If you see any new or more specific symptoms, you can send us another photo.

ECN

Thank you. I don't know if the neighbors hired gardeners would have sprayed something that come across the fence. Glad to know that the fence itself and the cedars do not adversely impact that garden. We got our soil from the Naval Academy compost. Perhaps there was something in the soil. I will check the factsheet and thank you for taking the time to respond.