how to prevent leaves from turning green
I take it that you have a hybrid redbud as the native tree has green leaves. The more sun it gets, the redder your leaves will be. In shade, the leaves will be green. I hope this your situation because I can hear you sighing, or worse!
Are redbud roots invasive if they are planted over a water line going from the well to the house ? What about a propane line going from the propane tank to the house ? Thank you Thecook251@aol.com
Redbud has a tap root that can go quite deep if soil type and conditions are right. This is why the Redbuds are considered extremely stable in inclement weather for a smaller tree. Their surface roots can extent at least as far as its canopy is wide (10' to 15'. They have shallow surface roots that are thin and not considered invasive or aggressive. This small tree can be planted near patios, decks, and foundations without problems. As far as the tape root causing any problems; all trees are opportunistic and will, if exposed to the water provided by a leaking pipe, exploit this resource. A distance of 15' to 20' from septic tanks, drainage systems etc. would be wise.
Regarding Red Bud trees, we have read your article GROWING REDBUD TREES: HOW TO CARE FOR A REDBUD TREE. We have two small trees in pots. 1. How big is the root system? 2. can they be trimmed to keep the small, say 5-7 diameter and 10 feet tall? 3. How close can they be planted to structures? 4.How big do the trunks get?
It is a possibility to prune these shrubs to keep them manageable. As will all trees and shrubs, you will want to be mindful of what you are planting near. Although these shrubs are smaller in stature, the roots could still penetrate lines, and under asphalt. Here is a link that will help:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/redbud/cutting-back-redbud-trees.htm
Is fall a good time to plant a new ornamental tree in Maine. I am thinking about an Eastern Redbud.
Yes, fall is a good time to plant trees. Make sure to dig the hole the same depth as the plant but 3 times wider. The "flare" at the end of the trunk should be above ground. I use a hand cultivator with blunt tines to tease out the roots. You must avoid planting roots that circle the root base. It is better to prune a circling root than allow it to curl in the planting hole. Firm the dirt with a foot while back-filling. Give it an inch of water a week all the way through fall. The roots keep working after leaf drop until the ground freezes.
we planted a bare root sapling last spring. I is almost 5 ft tall and has only big green leafs will they come back red next Year?
Unfortunately, unless you specifically planted a red variety, then most are green. These will continue to remain green, or yellow in fall. Make sure the variety you planted is, in fact, a red redbud.
I brought redbud seeds from a tree in Maryland to north central WV. Can I successfully grow them here? If so, how. Thanx!
Eastern redbud is native in WV. It prefers slightly alkaline soils but also grows in the more acidic New England area. The seeds need pre-treatment to germinate. The technic and plant care is discussed here: https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_ceca4.pdf
There are YouTube videos on stratification.
Are there any special concerns that should be followed for the winter months. Our weather had been very dry so far. We have hand watered once, should this be a regular routine?
There is not much care required for these trees. They are pretty hardy. Any winter care would depend on where you live, but they can survive just about anywhere. This link will give you more ideas on the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/redbud/caring-for-redbud-trees.htm