The Chinese Avondale redbud, also known as Cercis chinensis, is a deciduous flowering ornamental tree that features fragrant pink, white or purple blossoms in the spring. A small ornamental tree, the Avondale redbud can grow up to 12 feet tall with a 10 foot spread. Because of their compact size, Avondale redbuds are an excellent choice for home landscapes with limited space. Avondale redbud trees grow best in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 9, where the average annual minimum temperature is -23.3 degrees Celsius.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Avondale redbud sapling
- Aged manure
- Peat moss
- Garden hose
Select a planting location for your Avondale redbud tree that meets its growing requirements. Choose a planting location that receives four to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Find a location that also offers fertile, well-draining soil.
Clear the selected planting area for your Avondale redbud. Remove any grass or weeds as they will try to compete with the tree for nutrients and moisture. Make sure to dig deep to remove the entire root systems of the weeds at your planting location to prevent them from growing back.
Amend and enrich the soil at your planting location. Till aged manure, peat moss and perlite into the top 12 inches of soil until evenly distributed. Organic soil amendments provide your Avondale redbud with much-needed nutrients and working them into the soil helps improve soil drainage.
Dig a planting hole for your Avondale redbud tree that is twice as wide as its root system, but shallow enough to allow your tree to be planted at the same level it was planted in its nursery container. Make it easier for your tree's roots to penetrate the soil by using a rake to scarify the sides of the planting hole.
Place your Avondale redbud tree in the centre of its prepared planting hole. Spread the roots of the tree in the bottom of the hole. Backfill the hole with the amended soil to the appropriate level. Use your hands to pack down the surface of the soil around your Avondale redbud.
Water your Avondale redbud tree immediately after planting to help it settle in its location. Add additional amended soil to the planting hole if the soil compacts after watering.
Tips and warnings
- Add a 3-inch layer of mulch around your Avondale redbud tree after planting. Use a natural mulching material such as pine straw, bark pieces, wood chips or grass clippings for best results.
- Avondale redbud trees are susceptible to infestations of scale. Monitor your tree for unusual insect activity and treat your tree with a horticultural oil spray, if necessary.
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