Wondering if anyone has a little input. I received a fairly large bare root eastern redbud tree with my Arbor Day Foundation order of hazelnuts. Our property is quite small, only 1/3 acre including house, with challenging light conditions, so any tree plantings need to be done with extreme attention to location.
I didn’t really have a plan to use it here but to give it away. However, our old and magnificent Japanese maple doesn’t appear to have survived the winter (I could cry). Where it stands now would be a good spot for the redbud. While we figure out what to do, should I put the redbud on ice, so to speak? Perhaps by planting it in a pot? Or should I stick with the original plan and give it away? It isn’t as if they’re hard to come by.
Thanks for any ideas anyone has.
Clay, shade, neighbor’s Norway maples.....we’ll work it out.
Since not a fan of planting trees that A) don't grow large enough to provide shade for a house and B) don't produce fruit/nuts, I'd probably just give it away and stick with the original plan.
Large bare root redbuds are cheap and plentiful. A few years ago when I was putting in a bare root order at the Indiana state nursery a neighbor of mine added a packet of redbuds to the order. Compared to the pawpaws and persimmons I was getting those redbuds were massive, on the order of 5 feet or more from the top of the tree to the bottom of the roots, and trunk with 1/3 inch diameter. Those redbud trees cost all of thirty cents each.