Redbud Trees

Redbud Tree

Tnagel added on May 8, 2016 | Answered

I planted a redbud I bought from a local nursery and the second year it died off. I was not able to replant it that year so the next spring shoots came up from the roots and grow quite quickly so I left them alone. So now this spring the shoots are getting leaves but never had any blooms. Is this tree ever going to amount to anything or should I pull it out and replant? It is in well drained soil but in full sun in a corner of my deck. I have stone covering the landscape but no mulch. Will another tree work here for me? I am looking for spring color, easy, not much mess and one that doesn't get real big but provides a little shade on my deck. I live in Northwest Ohio. Thank you for any suggestions!! Tanya

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Answered on May 9, 2016

You might want to ensure that you bought a variety that actually thrives in your zone. There are many different cultivars that are native to different areas. If you have one that's suited to Northwest Ohio, because it took a hard hit before it had a chance to properly establish, don't be surprised if it takes another year for it to bloom. If you consistently see new growth on it this year, continue caring for it and prune it in the fall.

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