How to Plant Redbud Trees

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13-03-2021, 23:00
Rosebud trees are known for the rose-purple flowers they produce on their dainty branches at the start of each spring. Some redbud trees also have purple, lavender, pink, or white blooms, even though the rose-colored flowers are most common. These trees are fairly easy to plant if done while still young, and they are even easier to maintain.

Initial Planting

  1. Choose a good location. Redbud trees prefer light shade, especially in the summer. The tree is fairly adaptable, however, and can also tolerate full sun. In fact, the more sun it receives during the cold months of winter, the better. The only locations that need to be avoided are those with heavy shade.
  2. Amend the soil only if desired. Redbud trees prefer loose, well-drained soil, but they are very sturdy and can thrive in the majority of soil types. If you do decide to amend the soil, though, you can do so simply by chopping the soil up with a rake or shovel to loosen it. If it is extremely dense or clay-like, you could even mix in some coarse grain garden sand to improve its ability to drain. You do not need to add fertilizer, however, since redbud trees are capable of absorbing nitrogen in through the air.
  3. Obtain a young redbud in a container from a local garden store or nursery. Local stores are more likely to have stock that can withstand the climate you live in. The tree can be difficult to transplant as it gets older, so you should get as immature a tree as possible.
  4. Dig a hole that is four times as wide as the root ball. The roots need plenty of room to spread out inside the hole. The hole should also be about equal in depth to the height of the roots.
  5. Remove the redbud tree from its container. Place the tree on its side and gently twist the container off.
  6. Place the tree in the hole. Keep it as vertical as possible, enlisting the help of another person if necessary. Add a little soil back in to help keep the plant standing straight.
  7. Fill the hole with water and the remainder of the soil. Use a garden hose to fill the hole with water. Wait until the roots and the surrounding soil absorb the water before filling the hole with the rest of the soil, covering the roots completely. Give the soil another thorough watering to help the soil settle.
  8. Add mulch to the area. Use bark chips or another type of moisture-retaining mulch. Spread the mulch in a thin layer around the base of the tree, above the root area.


  1. Make sure the tree receives moderate amounts of water. Once established, the tree can withstand short periods of drought, but it always prefers to be kept moist. When it is still young, within the first one or two seasons after being planted, you should give the tree a thorough watering if you experience a drought that lasts for two weeks or more.
  2. Keep the branches pruned. You can prune during the late fall or on a mildly cold day in winter, while temperatures are above the freezing point. You can also prune during the late spring, after the blooms have fallen from the tree. Remove diseased wood first. Then, cut away old lower branches close to the trunk, as well as any branches that are intertwined or growing in the wrong direction. Never remove more than 1/4 of the tree at once.
  3. Fertilize only as needed. Ideally, you should test the soil each fall to determine if it's missing any vital nutrients. Instead of picking a general all-purpose fertilizer, add amendments that will introduce the lacking nutrients back into the soil.
    • Many redbud trees grow well enough on their own without the use of fertilizer, but this may not be true in all cases, so it's important to check the soil on a yearly basis.
    • Typically, you won't need to add much if any nitrogen to the soil. You may need to select a slow-release fertilizer with higher concentrations of phosphorus and potassium than of nitrogen, and only apply it once, toward the beginning of the autumn.
  4. Watch out for pests and disease. Leaf anthracnose, botryosphaeria canker, and verticillium wilt are the three diseases that affect redbud trees most often. Wood-boring bugs have been known to attack the soft wood of these trees, and insects like the redbud leaffolder, grape leaffolder, and Japanese weevil are known to eat the leaves. A healthy tree is less likely to succumb to these threats than a damaged tree, so prevention is the best remedy. An infected tree should first be made healthy before you consider applying an appropriate pesticide or fungicide.


  • Some of the most commonly sought out cultivars are the Alba, Texas White, and Forest Pansy. The Alba and Texas White have lovely white blooms, while the Forest Pansy has rich, shimmering maroon foliage. Other popular cultivars include Pink Charm and Pinkbud, with pink flowers, Purple Leaf, with purple foliage, Silver Cloud, with variegated white leaves, and Flame, which has double flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Young redbud tree
  • Shovel
  • Garden sand (optional)
  • Garden hose
  • Garden shears
  • Pesticides (as needed)
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