The Avondale redbud is a compact tree that is part of the Fabaceae family. It is known scientifically as Cercis chinensis and is also commonly referred to as the Chinese redbud. The plant stands no more than 10 feet in height, and is notable for its pink to dark violet flowers and shiny, deep green leaves. As with most plants, there are some pests that attack Avondale redbud trees.
Whiteflies are small insect pests that are milky-white in color. They appear similar to moths. Whiteflies excrete a sticky honeydew that coats both the lower and upper surfaces of leaves on Avondale redbud trees. This results in the appearance of a mold fungus that resembles dark black soot. This fungus is unsightly and also could disrupt the tree's photosynthesis process and end up stunting its growth and causing leaf drop.
Scale insects frequently attack Avondale redbud trees. They are tiny insects that generally are inconspicuously colored. Scale insects seem to be immobile, but they can rapidly suck sap out of shrubs and trees. These small insects can occasionally cause extreme damage with trees, bringing upon dieback of the branches and sometimes even killing the plant entirely.
Japanese beetles are common pests of Avondale redbuds. They are extremely destructive pests that can be costly and difficult to control and eliminate. Japanese beetles can damage Avondale redbuds by skeletonizing the leaves of the tree. The pests consume the leaf material that exists between the veins. This results in the foliage having a "lacy" look. The grubs feed on the roots of grass and other plants.