Question From: J. SHERBY - East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Q: RED BUD TREE- LEGGY !! When is the best time to cut this thing back? Every year my red bud has branches that look like a weeping willow and it gets badly leggy, Do i ' half-cut' it back after bloom in the spring ?? When is the best time so this thing isnt scraggly looking ?
The best time to prune a red bud tree is just after it blooms in spring but before it leafs out. If you Google how to prune a red bud you will find all kinds of tutorials on-line to help you get the look you want. Do not remove more than one third of the branches. It may take three years to get the look you want and not kill the tree. Be sure to keep it watered. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy