Avondale Redbud Tree Planting Instructions

Overview

The Avondale redbud tree is a variety of Chinese redbud appropriate to grow in USDA horticultural zones 6 through 8. Unlike some other redbud varieties, the Avondale variety has a shrubby and multibranched growth habit. It grows to 15 feet tall with a spread of about 10 feet. In the spring, it produces a large number of rose pink blooms followed by numerous attractive seed pods. It was discovered in the suburb of Avondale outside of Auckland, New Zealand.

Step 1

Locate a place in the garden to plant the Avondale redbud tree. It should be well-drained and exposed to six to eight hours of direct sun each day. A location that receives most of the sun during the first part of the day is optimal, because redbud trees look best all season if provided some shade from the hottest afternoon sun.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and deep enough so the Avondale redbud will be planted at the same depth as it is in its container. If you are planting a bare root specimen, look for a soil line at the base of the plant right above the root system to see how deep the tree was previously planted.

Step 3

Place the tree into hole. Be sure the roots are spread out and no roots are encircling the root ball. Add water as you add soil into the planting hole. This prevents the formation of air pockets around the roots. Lightly pack the damp soil around the root base.

Step 4

Spread a 1-inch layer of well-rotted compost over the root base of the newly planted tree followed by a 1-inch layer of mulch. Leave a 1-inch space between the mulch and the tree to prevent mildew from spreading to the tree as the mulch decomposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Avondale redbud tree
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Mulch

References

  • N.C. State University: Small Trees for North Carolina
  • Oregon State University: Avondale Chinese Redbud

Who Can Help

  • USDA: Horticultural Zone Map
Keywords: Chinese redbud, Avondale redbud, planting redbuds

About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.