Western Redbud - is it dead?
About 1.5 years ago we planted a Western Redbud in our front yard. Although it was Fall, the tree arrived in flower. We were told that it had been growing in a Nursery (another Nursery had searched for it for us) and that was why it was in flower. We planted it in our yard which is on a street that has heavy traffic and some wind. The tree is exposed to a lot of sunlight. We lightly amended the clay soil before planting at the suggestion of the guy in the horticulture place where we purchased the tree. The tree flowered again last Spring. Then, pretty rapidly, all the leaves (rather unhealthy looking ones that started green but got small brown speckles/stripes)dropped off and we had a bare young tree throughout the late spring, summer, fall and winter. It is now Spring, and although I have seen other Western Redbuds in flower in a nature area near my home, our Redbud is totally bare. The branches have a whitish look. There are no beginnings of buds or leaves, except one branch that has two or three little buds and one or two very tiny leaves (not very healthy looking leaf or buds -- kind of dried out and crumpled). We had a lot of rain over the winter and we watered from time to time over the summer as it was a young tree. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them. I don't know whether to call in a tree specialist or just consider it to have died. I thought of putting some home-made compost on the surface of the soil around the tree, but everything I have read says they do not like too much compost so I have avoided this. Help! We are trying to do a native Garden and the poppies are doing great but not the tree! Thanks, Katita