Q. My redbud tree was snapped off during a storm earlier in the summer. The remaining stump is about 3 feet tall and has sprouted numerous shoots.

The tree now looks like a shrub. Can/should I prune some of these shoots?

Answer

Yes, I think you may prune some of the shoots in the late winter to begin to establish a central leader if that's possible.  As the tree grows, select strong saddle-shaped forks to keep as part of the main structure of the tree.  When most of the tree canopy reaches above head height, prune lower limbs back.  This may take a while, but you may want to try to do this instead of removing the damaged tree and replanting.  Good luck.

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  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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