Western Redbud- leaves falling

JoonBOctober 26, 2012

I have 2 Western Redbuds in the front of my yard having western exposure, so it does get lots of sun in the afternoon. And of course, with this super hot summer, we did water more.

One tree is somewhat protected from the house next to it and perhaps gets more shade, but the other has no protection from the sun/wind, etc. With the pavers and western exposure- it's hot out there in the afternoons.

Now that it is October, the tree that is somewhat protected from the elements still has lots of leaves and the leaves are just about to turn color. However, the other tree had changed color much sooner and is dropping its leaves.

Is this normal? I love my trees- beautiful branches and color. The trees are not even 20 feet apart. I find this so concerning.

Thanks for your help

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lgteacher(SCal)

I would not worry. We have lots of liquidamber where I work. Some turn color faster than others, even though they are only 10 feet apart. There can be very minor variances in temperature and wind exposure that you don't even notice. With the difference in exposure that you describe I would find it odd if both trees acted exactly the same.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 12:46PM
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JoonB

Thanks so much for you reply. I really appreciate it!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 1:32PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I had 6 western redbuds for 12 years, one will drop its leaves quickly and another right next to it will still have green leaves. Each of them was on its own schedule, even though they were right next to each other. Your description sounds normal for them. Once the leaves turned yellow they dropped quickly--the pretty gold was very brief.

Ginko will turn gold and hold for weeks and weeks and weeks--far better show, but a much larger tree as well.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 1:43PM
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JoonB

Thanks hoovb!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 2:19PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Individual plants behave differently...think of two people in a room and one is warm and the other is cold...sounds like your C. occidentalis will be fine. They are not known for long periods of autumn color.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 11:21PM
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JoonB

Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 11:24AM
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