Redbud Tree -

(Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy')


Other Common Names: Forest Pansy Redbud, Purple Leaf Redbud, Eastern Redbud, Canadian Redbud
Family: Caesalpiniaceae Genus: Cercis Species: canadensis Cultivar: 'Forest Pansy'
Forest Pansy RedbudForest Pansy Redbud Planted · 15 years ago
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Redbud is a tree that usually does not require much pruning, if any at all. The ones in the wild are never pruned and they do fine. That being said, you can prune a redbud to enhance it's shape.

If you prune do so in spring right after the tree has finished blooming. Before pruning assess the tree's natural shape. Stand back and see how the branches naturally grow and use this as a starting point for beginning your pruning. You want to be careful not to remove any main branches that would spoil the shape and look of your tree. You also want to be careful not to remove too many branches as this can cause shock to the tree.

If your redbud tree is planted close to a drive or walk, you can start by removing lower limbs that might be difficult to drive or walk under later on.

Next, you can cut off any branches in the trees canopy that cross over or rub on each other. Select and remove only branches that will not disturb the shape or form of the tree when removed.

If you just want to create a denser canopy, trace back to a point from the tip of a stem or branch to where it intersects a larger branch and make a cut above an outward facing leaf bud somewhere along the stem. You should see these small bumps/buds along the stem. I like to prune to an outward facing bud because a new branch will emerge that grows outward instead of inward. You don't want your redbud tree to become too congested with branches on the interior of the canopy. Overall, when pruning your redbud tree, don't remove more than 25 percent of the canopy during a single pruning session.

At any time of year you should remove dead, diseased or broken branches, as leaving them on the tree can cause disease. I always cut out the tiny twigs and branches that have turned brown. Also cut off any shoots/suckers that are coming up from around the base of the trunk.

11 years ago ·
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