Red Bud Tree- Straightening

Q: I have a redbud tree about 20 feet tall that is leaning and I would like to straighten if possible. Looks like the tree (sorry, no digital camera) has been growing this way from the base.
Will it kill the tree if we try to straighten? There are utilities very close to the base of tree so I am concerned about trying to dig for a root ball (if that is even an option). The tree is beautiful and would be perfect if it were straight.

A: Straightening is possible if you use a strong guy wire, padded where it surrounds the tree. However, it will take several years for the tree to grow a thicker trunk to hold itself straight upright when the wire is removed.

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