Mountain Laurel Branches Seem Chewed At Ends Clusters Of Branches And Foliage Is Less Dense In Middle

Question From: L. Black - TEXAS
Q: MY 20 year old Mountain Laurel tree looks like something has chewed the ends of the branches in clusters....some branches not affected at all. Noticed this mid-summer. Also, the foliage isn't as dense toward the middle of the bush/tree. Current leaves look ok, but not as dark as usual.

A: You have two options Lee. Take photos of the damage to and independent nursery or garden center in your area that sells these trees for advice. If it were my tree I would get an onsite inspection from a trained tree doctor, a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. My question to you is why you did not address the problem or possibly problems when you first noticed them? Good Luck with your tree. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy