Cutting Back Redbuds: How And When To Prune A Redbud Tree

by johnah on November 24, 2020

Cutting back a weeping redbud tree is not easy task. If done incorrectly it may cause your redbud tree to die or even worse, kill it! You have to decide if you want to cut down the whole thing.

Or maybe you just need some of its branches? What if you don’t like what’s growing around the base of the tree? Do you want to remove all those dead leaves and twigs?

These are questions that will be answered in this article.

Redbud trees are very popular in many areas of the world. They’re often used for shade during hot summer days. However, they grow quickly and can become invasive when grown too close together. Soaking them in water before pruning them isn’t always enough to get rid of their growth.

They’ll still come back after you’ve removed most of the foliage from the ground around them, so you need to do something else with these trees besides just letting them wither away.

A common way to manage weeping redbud trees is to let them grow up into a large bush. That’s certainly an option, but it doesn’t work well for several reasons. First of all, they tend to spread out and crowd out other plants in the area. Second of all, they’re difficult to control once established because they’re fast growers and can easily climb over fences or even over houses.

In fact, some of them can even spread under the ground and pop up in your backyard. Pruning these trees can be a difficult task for several reasons. The main reason is that it’s difficult to get on the trees to do the pruning because branches are everywhere.

It’s much easier to prune a redbud tree when they’re young, but if you wait too long you’ll have to deal with a large, unruly bush. If you’ve already let your redbud trees grow wildly, then you’re going to need to be prepared to spend a lot more time getting the job done (and it will take much longer than if you’d done it early on). The first thing you need to do is figure out how much of the redbud tree needs to go. If you decide that it should all come down then go right ahead and cut it down.

If you’d prefer to save it then you need to be much more careful because mistakes at this point are costly.

If you want to keep your redbud tree then you should start with the most outsides branches and work your way in. You always want to cut back as far away from the center of the tree as possible. This will help to preserve as much of the redbud tree as you can. The best time to do this is actually in the early spring or even late winter.

The reason for this is that their sap isn’t flowing as much so the tree won’t bleed out as much. Even then you’re still going to have a lot of sap, so make sure you wear gloves at all times.

After you’ve finished pruning your redbud tree, it’s important that you clean up the mess.

Sources & references used in this article:

The fire, pruning, and coppice management of temperate ecosystems for basketry material by California Indian tribes by MK Anderson – Human Ecology, 1999 – Springer

California Indian horticulture: management and use of redbud by the Southern Sierra Miwok by MK Anderson – Ethnobotany: A reader, 2000 –

Micropropagation of White Flowering Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. alba L.) by S Yusnita, RL Geneve… – Journal of …, 1990 –

Experimentally induced changes in bud fates in Cercis canadensis L.(Fabaceae) by SA Owens, FW Ewers – International Journal of Plant …, 1997 –

Texas redbud tree named Traveller by DA Hosage Jr – US Patent App. 07/943,447, 1994 – Google Patents

Eastern redbud tree named ‘Little Woody’ by E Gilman, D Watson – US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Fact …, 1993



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