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Is a redbud bush possible?

Binky PoodinHead
7 months ago

I live in Belfast, ME, which was just upped to Growing Zone 6A. I live two miles from the coast and my garden is surrounded by mature, native trees, which I own, proving a windbreak. Last summer, I planted a Flamethrower Redbud, a spectacular tree that's also frail. It limped through a winter that was colder than normal and not as snowy as the old normal.

Here's my question: Can I prune it this fall so that I can cage it and fill the cage with leaves. I did this with a Japanese maple in Zone 4A and kept that Zone 5 tree alive year after year. Has anyone heard of a redbud tree pruned into a bush?

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