I am in Indiana. This spring when my redbud leafed out the leaves appeared to be cupped and they haven't come out of it. They are full size but not flat like usual they are cupped. We had some freezing temps as things were coming out this spring but not sure if that has anything to do with it.
The cupping leaves can indicate an infestation of pests. Aphids or Scale are possible.
Treat the plant with Neem Oil. Neem Oil works on most sucking pests.
We thought our redbud tree died so we cut it all back had all these new shoots the next year so kept them all cut off but one and now the tree is getting tall lots of leaves on top but not a strong trunk what should we do to get the base strong
This is common for the Redbud Tree and can be difficult to control or correct.
You may want to consider allowing it to grow as a multi stemmed tree.
Here are some links with more information.
This spring we planted 3 bare-root forest pansy redbuds. We did not stake them because it was not recommended. They are leafing out very nicely but one is leaning quite a bit and I'm concerned that it will not straighten as it grows. Should we stake the one to help it grow straighter? It seems the wind in our yard blows in the direction it is leaning.
This article should help
I have one beautiful redbud tree in my front yard and fast growing miniatures and sprouts all over my property-back yard and side yards. Is there anything I can do to prevent this epidemic reseeding? I have several mulch beds and they're all full of sprouts
Redbud seedlings sometimes sprout by the hundreds if there is a mature tree nearby casting its seed into the yard. In the first few months after sprouting a single herbicide application is sufficient to kill them. Glyphosate mixed in a 5 percent solution with water is the chemical of choice and should be a applied with a pump sprayer. For the herbicide to be effective, all surfaces of the foliage should be sprayed until dripping wet.
Use caution with a herbicide, as it will kill everything it touches.
I have multiple small thin branches from base up..do I trim off lower branches? The start at ground level.
Here are links that will help you.
Is my tree dying?
The good news is that most fungal diseases, including Cercospora, will not seriously damage the tree, but it will not look its best at times, including the loss of some leaves. The best way to manage this is to give the tree good cultural care, as stressed trees are more susceptible to problems. Eastern Redbuds, being originally from the Eastern U.S., need regular water and good drainage, so you should water when the top 2 inches of soil are dry, but not so much that the soil stays wet. A several inch layer of mulch out to several feet past the drip line of the tree will help, but make sure the soil close to the trunk is clear of mulch. Also using drip or soaker type irrigation near the drip line will help; to keep the leaves dry, you should not use overhead watering. If the foliage is thick you can lightly prune out the tree to improve air flow, and you can prune off and discard any dead wood and badly affected leaves to remove some of the fungal material. Clean up fallen leaves and debris under the tree as the fungus can survive in fallen leaves and twigs. You should avoid over fertilizing, as new growth is more susceptible to diseases. Anti-fungal sprays are not usually recommended in the home garden and are not usually helpful.
my new redbud tree has only been in the ground, started at about 2 feet high - dug it up in WV and this year it has grown to over 5 feet... has not been in for a blooming season but looks very healthy so far but the top branches are very long which is pulling my tree to one side, can I cut them back to balance it.... thanks so much will be waiting for an answer Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article will help you with pruning.