I have a redbud tree and last year it developed pods. This year where the pods were I noticed that those branches have no blooms on them. Is this normal?
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Redbuds bloom from nodes on the branches. After a tree has bloomed many years from the same node area, it develops swollen areas that produce seed pods, pictured here:
I couldn't find anything definitive in my research so I can only conjecture. I imagine that a tree expends a lot of energy producing seed pods and that this, in turn, may affect flowering production the following year. Also, I question what happens to the node after the seed pod process - judging by the photo, it looks to be destroyed or "spent" - in which case, no blooms would be possible.
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