Hello. I'm not sure where to put this post so I hope it's ok that I put it here. I have a 4-5ft christmas tree which is sadly not looking very well. Off the top of my head I would say it's a. bout 6 years old but it could be older. I can safely say it's under 10 years old any way. My problem is this. The tree has lost it's lower branches. Where the lower branches should be there is what looks like dried out little twigs that have a brown/black small circle on the bark where the branch is growing from. The circle is very small and difficult to see and it's possible it could be part of the tree. The best description I can give you of the tree is it literally looks like a stick with a wig on the top. By wig I mean the green branches/foilage at the top of the tree. This foilage is very healthy and a nice dark green colour. The foilage covers and 2-3 inches of the top of the tree and the rest is bear. The foilage only seems to cover one side of the tree as well. I spoke to a local garden centre early today and was advised it could be cat spraying that has killed the lower branches or a red spider infestation. I was advised to buy a ultimate bug killer and to treat the christmas tree with this. Does this sound right? I want to save the little guy if possible. Can anyone tell me if these lower branches will grow back? Is there anything I can do to enable the branches to grow back?