My Red Bud tree is looking ill. The bark has loosen on its trunk. The leaves...

Asked June 9, 2018, 8:29 PM EDT

My Red Bud tree is looking ill. The bark has loosen on its trunk. The leaves are smaller than their normal size. And many of the branches have fewer leaves and are sparely scattered. What can I do for it?

Franklin County Ohio trees and shrubs cercis canadensis

1 Response

Unfortunately, there is probably nothing you can do.

Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis

"Liabilities -often has a functional life of 10-20 yrs. in urban landscapes due to a combination of urban stresses, diseases, and pests -prone to trunk canker, Verticillium wilt, and scales, the first two of which can be slowly fatal -trunk rot with age -prone to storm damage with age -poor autumn color," from: https://plantfacts.osu.edu/pdf/0246-261.pdf

University of Illinois lists these potential issues:
"Pests and Problems

Animal Damage

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Herbicide Injury

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Stem cankers and Verticillium wilt."

From: http://extension.illinois.edu/hortanswers/plantdetail.cfm?PlantID=195&PlantTypeID=7