One of my favorite trees is my Oklahoma Redbud planted in the backyard. Redbuds are pretty trees with their brilliant flowers in spring, then the beautiful bronze-colored leaves after that. Shade in summer, then open bare branches in winter. My tree has been growing into a beautiful shape over the last few years, too.
This year something shifted with the tree. The bloom was minimal in April and only lasted about a week and a half. Disappointing, but given our weird weather I didn’t give it a lot of thought. We’re now into July and not one single leave has sprouted from the tree.
I called a nursery to get an opinion, but no one had anything useful to say about my dilemma except to keep the watering to a minimum because without leaves too much watering will stress it. If nothing else, I can hang my hummingbird feeders.
Well today the mystery was solved. Well, sort of…
This is one of two sizable cracks in the trunk of the tree. That pretty much makes it official – the tree is kaput.
So, now I know the tree is dead, but I have no idea why. I”m all ears if anyone has any thoughts on this. Goodbye, tree.