How fast do volunteer redbuds grow?

Asked October 8, 2019, 11:25 AM EDT

I have several volunteer redbuds and would like to know whether to keep or pull them. How fast do they grow? At what point do you think they would start flowering?

District of Columbia

1 Response

Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) is a beautiful small native tree.
They grow fairly quickly, maybe 7-10' in five to six years, more if there is good moisture and nutrients.
If you want to move that one to another area, we would do it now as they are more difficult to transplant as they get larger. Keep it watered if we continue in this drought.
They start to bloom at perhaps 4-5 years of age.