Redbud Tree Growing Near House

srogue(z7 OK)April 15, 2011

Hello guys, I have a redbud someone had previously planted aprox. 1-1/2 feet from the house. The trunk is about a foot and a half from the house, and the tree itself is nearly 7 feet tall. I like the tree, but know nothing about redbuds and want to know if it should be moved, chopped, or left alone.

Thanks guys.

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Too close. Move if possible (maybe not by now) in dormant season.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 7:43PM
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srogue(z7 OK)

Thanks Dan. I think that is what I will have to do. I have a feeling the roots are too big and deep by now, and after one more growing season, I will just have to get rid of it.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 7:56PM
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greenthumbzdude

I would just leave it. Redbuds are small trees therefore they have smaller root systems. There is no way it could cause a whole lot of damage. Now an oak or a maple would be a different story.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 9:11PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

I agree with greenthumbzdude. Its not going to cause damage. You may want to restrict its growth with a good heavy trimming every now and then, but that's up to you.

Also, redbuds tend to not live very long either.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 2:01AM
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srogue(z7 OK)

Thanks for the info greethumbzdude and famartin. If I will just prune the heck out of it, when is the best time?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 10:38AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

'Pruning the heck out of' something is your basic indicator that it is misplanted. And I wasn't aware redbuds had special properties that prevented its limbs from damaging your siding, soffit, paint.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 11:50AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

get rid of it ...

for as cheap as they are at the bigboxstore .. it isnt worth spending 5 or 6 hours of back breaking labor .. AT THE RIGHT TIME OF YEAR.. to move it... cut it at ground level .. and apply stump killer or roundup to the cambian layer ... UNLESS IT IS SOME VARIEGATED FOO FOO VARIETY ... then move it ... in fall ...

here is a picture of my 15 foot EASTERN redbud [i must have been laying on the ground for that grand pic .. lol] ...

below is a link to pix of western redbud ... i just dont understand how any of our peeps suggest that ONE AND A HALF FEET FROM THE HOUSE IS OK???? what will it look like when you remove one half of the canopy to protect your house siding????

your fact scenario perfectly describes what i call PLANTING 'ON THE FOUNDATION' .. rather than planting to hide the foundation .... so glad its a prior owners mistake.. so i dont have to worry about hurting your feelings ...

good luck

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 12:19PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

Some people get all bent out of shape about a small tree right up against a house. Some people LIKE that. If its not likely to cause damage (and its not... the force of the tree hitting it from the wind is not likely to damage it because of its small size). If you like the tree where it is, leave it.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 2:22PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

If it were mine, it would be gone by nightfall. Some people like all sorts of bizarre things, that doesn't mean those things are good ideas or that they can't cause problems. As Ken said, a replacement (to be planted in a more appropriate location) is relatively cheap.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 3:58PM
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tjrust2_gmail_com

I am reading this post to find out if I planted my redbud too close to our house. We needed a fast growing shade for back patio and I planted a redbud approx ten feet away from corner of house and approx five foot away from the west side of our concrete patio slab,, and was wondering what problems it may cause to foundation of house or slab or if it would allow varmits to climb to roof and possibly cause damage etc. I personally thought it would be simple to prune and controll but,, others may know this answer better than I,, please advise!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 11:50PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Redbud is not a shade tree.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 12:07AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

ten feet away from corner of house and approx five foot away from the west side of our concrete patio slab,

===>>> w/o a pic.. that ought to be a pretty good distance...

just learn how to prune properly ...

get some pix.. and start your own post.. and we should be able to help ...

i would not worry about its root system ... and a slab of concrete.. its not a surface rooter.. nor that big a tree ..

ken

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 9:27AM
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