How to Plant Redbuds


The eastern redbud is a popular specimen tree that can reach 20 to 30 feet in height and is covered with purplish-red flowers in late spring. It is a gorgeous tree---even after flowering is over---with a graceful shape. Planting requires just a little work for a tree that will brighten any landscape.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice as deep and twice as wide as the root-ball of the tree (or the pot the tree is in).

Step 2

Fill the hole halfway with a rich topsoil mix; if you have organic compost, mix that in a 1:1 ratio with the topsoil and fill the hole halfway with that.

Step 3

Loosen the tree from the pot or remove any covering from the root-ball and set the tree into the hole.

Step 4

Backfill the hole with the topsoil or topsoil-compost mix until it is completely filled.

Step 5

Water thoroughly; redbud trees need a good drink after the stress of being planted.

Step 6

Fertilize the tree with either slow-release plant spikes or a liquid organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion.

Step 7

Cover the base with a thick layer of mulch.

Step 8

Water regularly, every two to three days, as the tree settles in, even if the weather is cool. Keep up regular waterings for at least the first month.


  • Eastern Redbud
  • Redbud, Eastern - Cercis canadensis

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