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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Aug 2, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Does anyone have experience with this small tree? I'm debating about getting one but am concerned about it's hardiness. It will be exposed to north and west winter winds in my solidly zone 5 front yard. I've seen hardiness ratings at zone 5 but also at zone 6. Don't want to spend a lot of money if it's not going to do well. Thanks!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 2, 2017 11:32 AM CST
I would err on the side of caution. This little redbud is adorable but the Zone 5 or 6 rating would discourage me, especially as you are planting it in a very open area.

You never know when you will have another hard winter and your tree will be toast.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Aug 2, 2017 2:30 PM CST
Daisy - exactly what I was thinking. I would have to put burlap around it every winter. I keep waffling back and forth but maybe there's another small tree out there that would be more appropriate. Thanks for your input!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 2, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Is it the leaf colour you're going for, or the weeping habit? For the former maybe check out Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic', or for weeping habit there's Malus 'Red Jade'. Both are hardy in exposed sites here in Zone 4a.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Aug 2, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Sue - I saw this at a local nursery. DH would love a weeping tree and I like the foliage color and spring flowers. Love redbuds. It has to stay relatively small. I will definitely look up the Malus but finding local might be a challenge. Thanks so much!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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