The Q&A Archives: Pruning a Mexican Redbud

Question: I have a Mexican Redbud that was planted about 2 years ago that is approximately 6 foot wide by 7 foot high. I would like to prune it back on the width. When would I do this and how do I prune it?

Answer: Your Mexican redbud is deciduous and should be pruned in the winter, while dormant. Redbud wood breaks easily so it should be pruned to eliminate weak V-crotches, since they tend to break over time. U-shaped crotches are much more resistant. Your redbud will flower in spring before it leafs out again. The mature size of a Mexican redbud is 25' tall and wide so while you can prune it to keep it smaller, it will eventually need some elbow room.

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