Eastern redbud

Asked May 4, 2020, 6:25 PM EDT

I have an eastern redbud that I think is dying. The last few years more and more branches don’t blossom or produce levels in the spring. I would like to replace the tree with another redbud but I’m concerned that whatever killed this tree will kill the new one. How can I determine what killed this tree? How likely is it that the new tree will be affected by the same problem? If the new tree is likely to suffer from the same problem what tree of similar size could I possibly plant there that wouldn’t be affected by the same thing as the redbud already there? Thank you for your advice!

Barry County Michigan

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. It is possible that your tree is suffering from verticillium wilt. This disease clogs the vascular system of the tree.Check out the following link for information about this disease and possible replacements:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/verticillium_wilt
Another possibility is botryosphaeria canker. Check out the following link:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/botryosphaeria_canker
I hope this is helpful,

If I plant a new redbud in its place will it catch the same disease?

Sorry, I should have made that clear. Verticillium is in the soil and does not respond to fungicides. You would need to replace with one of the species in the link.