Pruning a Mexican Redbud - Knowledgebase Question

Sedona, AZ
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Question by mini_007
September 11, 2006
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 from NGA
September 11, 2006
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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