Best Fertilizer for Eastern Pink Redbud Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Alexandria, Vi
Question by noonitoot
March 25, 2009
I planted my new redbud tree last April 2008. I applied root conditioner last Oct 2008. It is just now sprouting tiny buds; what is the best fertilizer to use now for my tree? Any other tips will also be useful.

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2009


As a native understory tree, a Eastern Redbud will thrive in most soil types including alkaline and clay; and tolerates both drought and wet soil, though well-drained soil is preferred. Since it grows best in light shade, the ideal spot will have full sun in late winter, which will help the blossoms along, but the tree will benefit from shade during the heat of summer. 

A member of the bean and pea family, the Redbud can use nitrogen from the air as a nutrient. Thus, nitrogen is rarely needed as a fertilizer. But, if you want to feed your tree, use a 5-10-10 or a fertilizer formulated for evergreen trees.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Aloe with six-legged friends"