Redbud – Limbs Too Long

Q: My Forest Pansy redbud did great but I’m worried that the branches are as long as the tree is tall. I fear it will be subject to wind damage. How far should I prune back, assuming I should?

A: Yes, the limbs look unusually gangly. My suspicion is that the tree received too much fertilizer in the last year.

I’d shorten the limbs by half now and eliminate any fertilizing nearby in the lawn for two years.

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