Where is the best place to plant a weeping redbud tree?
Choosing a great location gives your weeping redbud a great start! The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud prefers moist soil that drains well — no wet feet for this tree. However, redbuds are native to the United States, and generally adapt well to American soil without amendments. Redbuds perform best in full sun or partial shade; if you live in a warm climate, your redbud tree may prefer some shade to protect it from sunburn. Make sure to select an area that gives sufficient space for your redbud to grow: even though we ship these plants when they're three or four foot bare root "sticks," the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud can eventually reach a height of five to six feet, and a spread of five to eight feet.
How do you plant a Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud?
Once you've selected your location, plant your bare root weeping redbud just as you would any nursery stock. Dig a hole a few feet wide so that the roots can grow without tangling, and turn the soil in an area about three feet in diameter to allow root growth. The hole should be deep enough to plant all of the roots and cover the main trunk of the plant up to where it was planted previously.
Unpack your tree, gently untangle the roots, and prune any damaged or broken roots back to healthy-looking plant tissue. Then, soak the roots in water for three to six hours. Soaking will help the plant rehydrate.
Make sure there is soil around all of the roots; and avoid leaving air pockets under or around the roots. Watering in well after planting should help soil settle around the root system. More soil may need to be added to the top as you water and the soil settles. Make sure your weeping redbud tree is standing up straight before shovelling in the rest of the soil, packing it firmly but not tightly around the tree. Water in your new redbud well. For the first year, keep it hydrated by soaking the base of the tree every two to three days during dry weather.
How tall does a weeping redbud get?
Native Eastern Redbud trees can grow to nearly thirty feet tall — you'll notice their sky-high purple blooms on your next spring trip to a deciduous park! However, weeping redbud trees typically grow to six to eight feet high — and the Lavender Twist variety is even shorter. The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree will grow five to six feet tall, and will reward you with a beautiful, filled-out spread of five to eight feet across.
How do you prune a Lavender Twist Redbud?
Lavender Twist Redbuds hold a beautiful, bushy shape with elegantly draping limbs. But, you may still want to prune your redbud to hone its shape, remove wayward or crossing shoots, or maintain a healthy framework.
Start training your Lavender Twist Redbud in its early years, selecting the branches you want to keep and trimming off the rest. You may want to trim low branches when the tree is still small, taking off low limbs and leaving higher ones. Keep branches that are joined to the trunk in a U-shape, as V-shaped branch connections may break in high winds. Remove branches that are damaged or crossing one another, and let the tree spend its energy on healthy branches!
The best time to prune a redbud is immediately after it is finished flowering. Prune to a bud or a few inches away from the trunk, instead of lopping off entire branches. And, if you're pruning for shape, don't forget to take a few steps back to examine your work between cuts, to avoid overeager pruning.