My Forest Pansy redbud (15 feet tall, 8-12 years old) is an extremely sturdy...

Asked February 24, 2015, 10:07 PM EST

My Forest Pansy redbud (15 feet tall, 8-12 years old) is an extremely sturdy specimen and I would love to have a seedling/cutting from it to take when we move out of state in about a year. The tree is too big to move with us. It has never had any seedpods on it so I can't get seedlings. Is it possible to take softwood or hardwood cuttings and root them? How would I do that? Any other suggestions? I love this tree. Thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs propagation redbud trees

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Forest Pansy redbuds are very difficult to propagate by cuttings. http://www.hriresearch.org/docs/publications/JEH/JEH_2009/JEH_2009_27_2/JEH%2027-2-109-114.pdf Your best bet would be to try layering. Layering is usually easier than growing trees from cuttings, although we do not have information specifically about Forest Pansy. If none of the lower branches will reach the ground for layering, you could put a pot filled with soilless potting mixture on a cinder block or other support at a level that the branch can be layered. http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/plant-propagation-by-layering-instructions-for-the-home-gardener/ You might want to try some cuttings in case layering does not work. The more things you try, them more branches you layer and the more cuttings you make, the better your chances of success. http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/plant-propagation-by-stem-cuttings-instructions-for-the-home-gardener/
http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/chiwonlee/plsc368/student/papers99/wdanielson/wdanielson.htm
Good luck. vw