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As a comment about Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Chillybean wrote:

I wish I could say that I am really enjoying this tree, but I cannot. It died. It very easily could have been something we did or did not do.

This spring, we purchased a very nice specimen that already had buds on it. The buds opened, fell off, and that was it. No leaves formed. When breaking off branches, they are what we call, "Dead dead." In spite of this setback, I want to give it another try in another location. Those trees are beautiful in the spring and it is such a fun name to say over and over.... Redbud, Redbud.
Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Aug 15, 2015 11:24 AM CST
Sorry to hear of this Chillybean. I wonder if the nursery had stressed the plant because I think Eastern Redbuds are usually easy to grow. I take it you watered it for the first moth or so?

They tend to grow quickly to blooming size, but are short lived trees. I had a nice old one in my yard that I had to cut down as the winter snow cracked it in half one year. Because they self sow, though I have several offspring, one of blooming size already. Maybe you would have better luck of you bought a younger one?

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