by April Reinhardt
(last updated October 23, 2017)
First cultivated in 1811 and native to North America and Canada, the Red Bud tree blooms in early April and is also called the Eastern Red Bud tree. The name implies that the trees' flowers are red, they are at first pink, and then later mature to various hues of purple. In the fall, the reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, and then to yellow. In his diary, George Washington remarked in many entries about how beautiful the Red Bud tree is, and he spent many hours planting and transplanting seedlings from nearby forests into his gardens.
If you've ever seen a Red Bud tree in all of its magnificent glory of full springtime bloom, then you will have no doubt why so many people plant them in their yard. Although the spectacular blooming season lasts for a few fleeting days, the memory of that beauty lasts until the next eagerly anticipated blooming season. Most Red Bud trees grow to a mature height of twenty to thirty feet, with a limb spread of 30 feet.
If you are considering planting a Red Bud tree in your yard so as to enjoy its beauty in the spring, then follow these planning pointers:
Red Bud trees will usually last an average of twenty years, usually dying of heartwood rot. When you have a tree that starts showing signs of dying, plant a replacement tree nearby. As the new tree matures, it will take nourishment from the dying tree, and then you can have the dead tree removed.
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