Oklahoma Redbud Tree Problems With Proven Treatment Guide

Most gardeners plant Oklahoma redbud trees because of the colorful leaves and attractive flowers. In early spring Oklahoma redbud trees will give your garden a different look. But there are some problems due to which you cannot fully enjoy the beauty of your redbud tree.

such as

  • Not blooming
  • Leaves curling
  • Turning yellow
  • Bark peeling
  • Leaves not unfurling
  • Leaves browning 

In this article, we will know how your tree is affected by such problems and how to get rid of them very easily. So why the delay?

6 Proven Ways to Fix Oklahoma Redbud Tree Problems

Oklahoma Redbud Not Blooming

1. Not Blooming

Oklahoma redbud trees typically bloom in late spring (March-April).  But when your tree is mature enough and doesn’t give flowers in the blooming season, it’s definitely a cause for concern.


  • Improper Watering
  • Lack of Sunlight
  • Pruning Mistake
  • Lack of Fertilizer

Treatment Guide

Oklahoma redbud trees basically need less watering but you have to water them correctly. Give water during the first several months once a week. Additionally, mature plants should be watered twice a week. You must water them three times per week during the blooming seasons. 

Six to eight hours of proper sunlight is very much needed during the flowering season.  So it is important to maintain it.

Use a multipurpose flower-boosting liquid fertilizer from the end of May to the beginning of July. Apply it as directed on the bottle label.

You have to prune your tree for keeping it healthy and attractive. Just after the blooming season pruning should be done. Redbud trees should be pruned at the seedling stage. By doing this you can ensure a nice shape for the tree. The disinfectant spray is a must during pruning.

2. Leaves Curling

Oklahoma redbud plants frequently experience leaf curled problems. If you notice very well you will see the color of the leaves first begin to fade. The tip then begins to curl. The leaves are fully curled at the end stage.


  • Overwatering
  • Excess Heat
  • Lack of Nutrients
  • Insecticide.

Treatment Guide

Oklahoma redbud trees prefer watering twice a week. But before watering you need to check the soil conditions. If the soil is already wet, applying more water will cause water logging of your plants.

You have to maintain sunlight exposure. Six to eight hours of sunlight is enough. After this optimum time, your tree must be shaded.

Sufficient amounts of nitrogen and magnesium should be ensured. Use nitrogen and magnesium-rich fertilizer specifically for redbud trees. You can do one more thing. Mix organic compost into the soil, this will ensure the natural growth of your plant.

Protecting your plants from pests is essential; especially from spider mites. Use a good quality pesticide. A freshwater spray on the plant every morning and evening gives good results.

3. Leaves Yellowing

Oklahoma Redbud Leaves Problems

Yellowing of Oklahoma redbud leaf is yet another deadly flaw. And it occurs suddenly. The leaves initially droop before gradually becoming yellow. The yellow color is sometimes derived from the leaf tip and other times from the midvein.


  • Poor Soil
  • Compacted roots
  • Chlorosis

Treatment Guide

Soil quality and watering issues are quite related. Ensure your soil quality before planting. Oklahoma redbud basically prefers alkaline soil. So the pH should be 7-7.5. Your soil must be well draining and water holding capacity when needed.

In the landscape, stop planting redbud trees where rainwater accumulates. If the tree is planted, loosen the soil around it and provide a good drainage system.

You have to ensure well-aerated soil to prevent root damage. Using organic mulch can be effective. Garden gypsum also prevents these problems. 

Feed your trees nitrogen-rich fertilizer in order to protect them from chlorosis.

4. Bark Peeling

Oklahoma Redbud trees exhibit the trait of peeling or shedding bark. But most of the time, external triggers cause it to happen. Exfoliation of the upper bark of the tree, discoloration of the bark, and sometimes lesions on the body of the plant may occur.


  • Animal Attack
  • Stressful environment
  • Hypoxylon canker.

Treatment Guide

Your redbud tree can be bent from the root up using a metal sheet that is three to four feet high. That can keep squirrels and rats away from your tree. You can fence your tree to protect it from the large animal.

Maintaining the ideal temperature is important. Despite the Oklahoma redbud’s love of the cold, you must maintain cool weather.

Fungus attacks can be avoided by using a good-quality fungicide. Bark affected by the fungus should be removed completely quickly to prevent infection.

5. Leaves Not Unfurling

Although leaf curling and not unfurling are related problems, unfurling mainly occurs in new leaves. The leaves do not open even after the tree matures.


  • High temperature 
  • Pests Infestation
  • Overexposure to Sunlight

Treatment Guide

The Oklahoma redbud tree is basically a cold-loving plant. The temperature should not exceed 15°C. 50-60% humidity must be ensured. Sunlight is required for some time during the day but protection from the sun is required for the rest of the day.

6. Leaves Turning Brown

Brown leaves in Oklahoma are a very common problem, but there are some important factors behind it. which can cause long-term damage to the plant. Spots with a raised border that start off rusty brown and eventually turn grey on the leaf’s upper surface while the underside’s tissues stay brown are the symptoms.


  • Fungal Disease

Treatment Guide

The antifungal spray is the best way to prevent leaf spots, mycosphaerella, and phyllosticta-like diseases.

Fungicides do not work in some diseases. In that case, you need to prune the affected leaves quickly. Pruning equipment must be sterilized to prevent fungal infection during pruning.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I overwater an Oklahoma redbud tree?

Oklahoma Red Bud plants have a certain level of water requirements. Overwatering can cause your plant to suffer from various problems such as root rot, curling leaves, etc. Watering twice a week is best.

How do you know if a redbud tree is dying?

You can easily tell if your redbud tree is dying by looking at several signs. Your plant will look pale, the leaves will first turn yellow and dry and turn brown, the bark will fall off, the body will develop lesions and the stem will die.

Why is my redbud wilting?

The main cause of wilting of Oklahoma redbud trees is fungal attack. Soil-dwelling fungi first attack plant roots. Nutrients are absorbed from there and the plant cannot supply nutrients and water to its other organs. Redbud tree wilting begins due to dehydration and lack of nutrients.


How healthy your redbud plant will grow depends on your care. Although Oklahoma redbud plants require very little care, you do need to be careful with watering, temperature, soil, and fertilizer. If there is any problem in the tree, try to find the cause quickly.  

Once the main cause can be found, the risk of long-term damage to the tree can be greatly reduced. I hope my article helps you ensure proper care for your Oklahoma tree. Happy gardening.

James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg

James Rivenburg is the founder of plantandpest.com, a passionate gardener with valuable experience and knowledge gained through trial and error. The website has a large community of followers who trust his tips and techniques and have succeeded with his advice. He is always Committed to helping others create a beautiful and healthy garden.

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