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Mon Apr 2, 2012, 07:42 AM

When is it time to trim a redbud?

We have a small redbud. We gave it up for dead a few years ago, but last year it came back to life. We neglected it, but I want to take care of it.

I know nothing about caring for trees. It has several branches that are low to the ground and more little branches continue up the scrawny little trunk. I sense that these need to be cut off, but I'm not sure. And if they need to be cut off, I don't know when to do it.

Can you offer some advice, please? Thanks.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon Apr 2, 2012, 11:12 AM

1. the rule of thumb is

flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned right after blooms fade.
there is a fair amount to know about pruning, but mostly it is pretty logical.
a real good tree care web site-http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm
also a great place to buy trees.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 12:18 AM

2. Any time is okay, but if it's not leafed out yet do it now

Just be careful not to take too much off at a time.

Eastern redbuds can have a really nice form. It's an attractive tree.

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