Attached is a picture taken yesterday (June 3) of a red bud clump/tree I...
Attached is a picture taken yesterday (June 3) of a red bud clump/tree I bought from Gerten's last year. As you can see, it is doing very poorly. There were no flowers, and the leaves and suckers only began appearing in the last two weeks. My best guess is that the tree is all but dead, that the leaves and suckers are just its last gasp, and they the tree will either die this summer or fail to come up next fall. What do you think and what is your recommendation. Gerten's guaranteed it for five years. Should I just ask them to replace it, or should I wait and see what happens? Thanks for your advice.
Hennepin County Minnesota
Redbuds are marginally hardy in MN. This winter was very hard on marginally hardy trees. Many trees around the state have bud damage and dieback. Compare the buds on the branches the have leafed out to the buds on the branches that have not leafed out. Lightly scrape the tip of a branch that is not leafing out. If the branch is alive then the cambium will be green. If the branch is dead the cambium will be brown. Prune off the dead wood. Some redbuds are grown as a clump form and others are grown as a single stem. Northern Strain Redbud is a small tree with a mature height of 20 to 30 feet and a spread of 25 to 35 feet. As it matures, it develops crooked branches and an irregular. It has a low canopy. The tree grows quite rapidly when young but assumes a moderate growth rate after 10 years. http://search.schultesgreenhouse.com/12070008/Plant/665/Northern_Strain_Redbud Decide whether you will be happy with the clump form. Contact your vendor and ask for their recommendations. Mulch the tree and water it during dry periods.
It is best to replace the tree.