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Feb 11, 2017 3:28 PM CST
We planted a redbud tree, spring 2014. It greened beautifully and bloomed right away and this past summer, 2016 we had a severe drought. The tree seemed dead, green foliage died and bark was seemingly dead...hubby cut it down. Then roots began to come up. We trimmed all new growth but one and now it is approx. 5 ft. We are wondering if it will bloom this year and if not, should we hold out for one more year to see if it will bloom? We are in Georgia, Zone 7.
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Feb 11, 2017 4:57 PM CST
The very fast growth in 2016 will probably inhibit bloom in 2017. But once the amount of roots are more in balance with the amount of top growth, it will bloom as it always should, and from there after. For Redbuds, unless it is a named variety, the roots will always produce the same tree as before.
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Feb 11, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Hi MJ48, Welcome!
If your Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) has grown back to a height of 5 feet, it must be alive and if it's alive you may very well see blooms this spring and then new leaf growth.
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Feb 11, 2017 4:58 PM CST
I think there is a good chance that it will bloom this year. It has a big root system and should grow rapidly.
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Feb 11, 2017 9:56 PM CST
Although I have always been a fan of redbud trees (and had one in my yard in CA), I have never figured out what makes them happy.

I planted one in my CA garden and it immediately 'died'. Crying But then it was back! Hurray! But then it died. Crying

The third year, it decided to stay but never became a 'tree' unless multi-stemmed 15 ft tall counts as tree and not shrub.

It did bloom every year though. I don't know that it makes a difference (suspect it does) but it was a Western Redbud native to my area.
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Feb 13, 2017 9:03 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @MG48 .

If your redbud doesn't bloom this year I would definitely give it another year... how could you give up on a tree that bounced back like that? Big Grin
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Feb 15, 2017 6:23 PM CST
Thank everyone for your responses. Hubby wanted to cut it down and is just sure it won't bloom....I'm patiently waiting to prove him wrong. Hilarious! Crossing Fingers! We will together be watching and waiting. And your are right Weedwhacker ~ never give up on life! Hurray!

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