So Sad, (But also Glad)

I’m bittersweet, (my feelings that is).

One of my first kids was a Cercis canadensis.

I have had him for three years now, every year he is more glorious than the last.

May came, and yet no blooms. “Odd” I thought.

But then no leaves, he just sat there, looking dead.

But then finally, something started to happen.

 The leaf buds started swelling, (I was very worried).

But wait, what was this, they were coming from the trunk, not the branches.

I am glad (sorry) to learn that I am not the only one. Linda from Each Little World, had the same problem with her Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’. At least mine, is the old cheap one!.

In her post, Linda recommends waiting until after the fourth of July to see how much growth will come back.

Being a true Canadian, I thought I would pick Canada Day, July 1st.

Here is how he looked:

You can see how much new growth there is.

I gave him a prune.

Ahhh, a haircut makes all the difference.

If you would like to see how Linda’s Cercis turned out, please visit her here.


22 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Patience is a virtue that paid off this time. Your Cercis looks like it has a new leaf on life (pun intended)

  2. 3

    gardeningasylum said,

    That’s a very good haircut – my local nursery guru in Connecticut won’t sell any redbud, native or not, calling them deadbuds! I have one anyway and am thankful for every spring it does come back 🙂

  3. 5

    How interesting. I didn’t realize Redbuds were prone to this. With the hair cut though, you’d never know how bleak things looked for this tree in spring. Hopefully all will be well from now on.

  4. 7

    Barbara H. said,

    So glad yours made a comeback, too!

  5. 9

    Marguerite said,

    Any idea what caused this? I’m having a similar trouble with a large maple – and it’s not possible to give the big guy a haircut!

  6. 11

    debsgarden said,

    Your tree looks fine now! I’m glad it survived, and I hope it continues to prosper. Do you think the cold winter is what happened to your redbud? Redbuds do well here in my much warmer climate.

  7. 13

    teza said,

    Ah yes, the ubiquitous Redbud…. and no, don’t ever lower oneself to call it a deadbud! They are like the petulent child that resides within every family. [You’re talking to the one in my family!]

    I watched a potted selection, if similar size to yours pout and, well, look dead for the better part of three months here at the nursery…. and then, what to my wandering eyes should appear….. the lovely pink flowers, followed weeks later by a sudden flush of gorgeous larger than typical heart shaped foliage.

    Patience dearheart is a necessity when it comes to this charmer! Keep me posted to its development…..



  8. 15

    Interesting post Deborah, I have had a few shrubs do this to me this year, and my Crimson King maple has some non-growing branches (I won’t declare them dead until next year!). Your little guy looks great, the haircut made a wonderful difference. 🙂

  9. 17

    Plants are weird, they really are. You should have planned to rip it out; then it would have started growing!

  10. 19

    Laurrie said,

    Redbuds get a lot of diseases, the most common is canker which causes dieback, which certainly looks like your poor redbud’s malady. It’s a fungus, and there’s no cure, except to cut off the dead branches as you did. When you pruned did you see the wounds / cankers on the branches (cracked bark with dead wood beneath)? Make sure to cut off any branch with that kind of crack, even if it’s one of the leafing branches. It’s the only control.

    They are such pretty trees, and I have three different ones planted, even though I know they are kind of short lived, and disease prone. But they are so worth it!

  11. 21

    jen said,

    So do you think that it is winter kill? Poor baby. At least there is some growth coming back.


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