Redbud Trees

Can I Plant a New Redbud Where an Older One Was

daYoop added on April 25, 2013 | Answered

Over the winter I had a 40 year old redbud next to my deck die. Today it was cut down and the stump was removed by grinding, where the grinder went very deep.

I've been told that I cannot plant another tree where this one was and have to be at least 7 feet away from where the trunk of the older redbud was. My question is why can't I plant a smaller 3" diameter redbud where the old one was given that the stump has been removed?

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Answered on April 26, 2013

The concern with replanting in the same location has to do with the spread of pathogens from diseased shrubs/trees that may have been previously planted there. It sounds as if your tree may have simply died from old age - yes, trees have lifespans too. For more information, this article should help:

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Answered on April 26, 2013

If you are able to dig thru the roots of the old tree, I see no reason not to plant another one.

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