Redbud Tree Doesn't Bud?

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I have two redbud trees that were purchased at a Home Depot in May of 2002. The trees have always appeared to be healthy but have NEVER had the beautiful reddish-purple blooms! (The blooms are why I wanted the trees!) Has anyone ever heard of this happening, and if so, what can be done about it?



Tina, SW IN

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By frank (Guest Post)
June 27, 20040 found this helpful

thats what you get for buying from home depot. support your local nursey

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By (Guest Post)
September 13, 20040 found this helpful

Redbud Trees don't bear flowers until they are 4 or 5 years of age.

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By Elaine (Guest Post)
April 8, 20050 found this helpful

I share your disappointment and am also looking for an answer to the question you've posed. Three little redbuds came up as volunteers in the fence row 4 or 5 years ago. They are now as tall as my head (> 5 ft), but have yet to make a single bud between them!

A redbud volunteered just by the driveway where I used to live and although it was eventually in the way, I couldn't bear to cut it because it was virtually carpeted in gorgeous buds every spring.


I don't remember that little tree ever NOT having buds. I'm pretty sure I'd have yanked it out of the flower bed unless it had given me a reason to spare it!

But, if the first responder is right, maybe next year...

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By May (Guest Post)
June 6, 20050 found this helpful

It doesn't make any difference where you bought the redbud tree. Something is obviously wrong: Your best bet is to talk to your County Extension Office.

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By Susan P (Guest Post)
July 9, 20050 found this helpful

I planted a redbud tree almost 10 years ago. It does bloom, however it seems to have only grown about 2 feet or so and trunk circumference is still small compared to Japanese Lilac tree I planted at same time. I have fertilized, mulched etc but while tree does not appear ill in any way, it just does not seem to grow. My neighbor's mom winters in Florida for last ten years, laughs as she says the tree hardly changes everytime she returns.


Should I attempt to move it?

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By Joyce (Guest Post)
September 17, 20060 found this helpful

We planted a redbud tree this past spring and now have new growth coming from the bottom. (out of the ground)
Will it slow down the growth of the tree if we leave them?
Should we trim those off or will it become a bush if we leave them?
When should we trim them?

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By zig (Guest Post)
April 18, 20070 found this helpful

Redbud trees need to have their roots get crowed before they will flower. I took a Redbud out of my backyard put it in a pot to transplanting, but never got around to it with in two years it was budding. Not sure how to copy that in the ground but there you go

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By NN from Battle Ground (Guest Post)
April 22, 20070 found this helpful

I have a similar problem with my redbud trees which I purchased 3 years ago. They are approximately 8 feet tall now and each spring they put buds out but they never fully "pop" out.


So there is just a hint of color before the leaves come out. I'm thinking there is something lacking in my soil. I live in Washinton state.

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June 9, 20190 found this helpful

I have two Forest Pansy Redbuds, 10 years old, never bloomed. I live in Western WA, sandy soil, good drainage, acid soil, trees are healthy and big. It has been a constant disappointment every spring. I have kept them for their beautiful purple folliage. I have never seen a redbud bloom any where around here.

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By jan (Guest Post)
June 22, 20081 found this helpful

Redbud trees like a well drained sandy soil. The are also an acid loving plant. Sprinkle a fertilizer on the ground around the redbud in the spring and water if you are not getting rain every 3-4 days. They set their buds in the fall, so check around town to see what stage the other trees are in because you want to fertilize before the buds become full for maximum benefit of the fertilizer.


From one tree I have many. They need to be at least 3yrs old to set buds.

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