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Planting a Redbud Tree in the High Desert

Can a redbud tree grow in the High Desert?

Apparently, the redbud tree does grow in the High Desert, a fact I discovered personally on my recent tour at Marti Browne’s farm. Marti gave me a handful of bean-like pods to plant. Today I planted them in two pots and some in the ground. If they grow as well as Marti’s has, then I’m in for a treat.

Redbud Leaf Pods

How to Care for Redbud Trees

Redbuds are supposed to grow quickly, one to two feet per year. There is a proper way to plant the seed pods. Redbuds grow with full sun or light shade and require moderate water.  Plants need some winter chill for the best floral display. Today is possibly a good day to plant them because  more rain and cold weather are coming High Desert’s direction tonight (snow down to approximately 5,000 ft.). The redbud grows well with drought or wet soil and best with well-drained soil.


Redbud Tree, Heart-Shaped Leaves


Marti’s redbud was blooming with purplish-pink blossoms. The gorgeous tree has heart-shaped leaves, and its blossoms attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

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  1. April 10, 2012    

    Look forward to seeing your Redbud trees when they sprout, Angie. I wonder how long it will take for them to sprout. Our leaves are just beginning to unfold. soon they will be big and turn green like the ones in the video.

  2. April 10, 2012    

    It will be interesting to find out. You’ll know when they sprout because I’ll be so excited I’ll have to share the news!

  3. Pat Banttari, Master Gardener's Gravatar Pat Banttari, Master Gardener
    May 23, 2012    

    Redbud trees here in the High Desert are awesome! Those bright, cheery, raspberry pink blossoms fill the tree in Spring and look stunningly beautiful. They are so easy to grow and give so much back in the way of God’s beauty.

    Bees love them also and are wonderful to grow in the garden when we also have fruit trees and growing our tomatoes, etc. that need pollinators. When we garden organically our gardens naturally attract an abundance of bees. Despite all the talk about bees disappearing (due to toxic chemicals – is my belief) – I think they are all in my garden!! They have water, shelter, and places to build their hives.

    They love the Rosemary, Russian Sage Perovskia, roses.

    We can’t go against the laws o fNature and have things survive well forever.There is always a high price to be paid when we do.

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