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Eastern Redbud Tree (Forest Pansy)

Postby Beetonian,zone5a » Jul 04, 2010 11:33 pm

Two years ago we planted a young Eastern Redbud or Forest Pansy tree, and were looking forward to seeing it's spectacular mauvey-pink spring bloom this year.. In spring it looks dead, but then the buds pop, but it's leaves and not bloom. It seems healthy and its a beautiful little tree in itself (about 7ft. tall, 2 in. diameter trunk) with it's lovely purple heart-shaped leaves. Does anyone know how long it takes to bloom? Does it have to be a certain age? Don't know if there are female or male versions of this tree, but is it possible we have a non-blooming one?
"The garden which is pleasing to the eye and which makes the heart glad, is the garden in which are growing side by side flowers of every hue, form and perfume, and the joyous contrast of colour is what makes for charm and beauty." (Abdu'l-Baha)
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Re: Eastern Redbud Tree (Forest Pansy)

Postby Ian66 » Jul 05, 2010 2:00 am

Forest Pansy Redbuds are "Monoecious" (Both male and female flowers are produced on the same tree). It is rated zone 5 and the winter may have killed off the flower buds (flowers appear first then it leafs out).Redbuds are classified as an "understory tree" and they do best when protected from the winter winds by other trees. But I suspect that your redbud may not be mature enough and is still establishing itself. Your Redbud would benefit with some compost or a light application of some general fertilizer to meet its nutritional needs.


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Re: Eastern Redbud Tree (Forest Pansy)

Postby Beetonian,zone5a » Jul 06, 2010 4:57 pm

Thanks for the reply, Ian. When would be the best time to dig in compost? Too late now or should it be done after leaves fall? The tree is fairly sheltered in our back yard by other trees, so it doesn't get a big winter blow. I know Redbud can grow in our area as I've seen some in Alliston and Hockley. Guess we'll just have to be patient and hope it blooms in another year or so.
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Re: Eastern Redbud Tree (Forest Pansy)

Postby Ian66 » Jul 06, 2010 8:01 pm

Sounds like it is in a perfect spot.......you can work in compost now and add some more this fall....

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Re: Eastern Redbud Tree (Forest Pansy)

Postby Pansy » Jul 07, 2010 12:04 am

My books say it takes 3 or 4 yrs. to get established.We planted 1 last year.

Guess we'll both just have to be patient.
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Re: Eastern Redbud Tree (Forest Pansy)

Postby Beetonian,zone5a » Jul 08, 2010 9:11 am

Thanks Ian66 and Pansy for the replies. Will put on some compost and hopefully next year we may get some bloom. Right now the leaves look very healthy and it's putting on some good growth.
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