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Redbud advice

mxk3 z5b_MI
2 months ago

What is the best site placement for Redbud (Cercis canadensis)?

Years ago I was at a seminar hosted by a local plant society, and they referred to Redbuds in Michigan as Deadbuds. I don't recall if they even expounded on that comment, but it's always stuck with me and I could never figure it out -- I had a huge redbud at my other house and it was a lovely tree, never failed to bloom beautifully and had very attractive foliage. It was in a protected location up against the garage and sheltered from the winter winds, so maybe that's why it thrived IDK. There were some dead branches every year but the tree was so full it didn't really matter.

I'm thinking of getting one for this house, but one zone colder and on acreage, so concerned winds blowing across the open land will toast the tree. Then again, C. canadensis is supposed to be hardy to zone 4, so can it not take some wind?

So what do I need to think about when siting a redbud? Is C. canadensis truly a hardy tree? (I can't get that comment out of my head --> deadbud).

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