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.
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).
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.
Loosen the tree from the pot or remove any covering from the root-ball and set the tree into the hole.
Backfill the hole with the topsoil or topsoil-compost mix until it is completely filled.
Water thoroughly; redbud trees need a good drink after the stress of being planted.
Fertilize the tree with either slow-release plant spikes or a liquid organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion.
Cover the base with a thick layer of mulch.
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.