Eastern Redbud- Best Winter Protection for Pickering Area

(Question)

I would like some suggestions how to protect a redbud for it’s first winter with us.
It appears to have the flower buds forming on the branches now, is this normal?
Thanks for the help.

(Answer)

Thank you for your inquiry. Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae) and is usually one of the first trees to bloom in the spring. The pea-like flowers of redbud like those of forsythia, rohododendrons, honeysuckle, lilac and azalea originate in buds formed on old ( previous seasons) wood .

This lovely tree grows best in full sun to partial shade in average to moist soil and should not be allowed to dry out. These trees benefit from being planted in a sheltered location out of direct wind. Consider applying a thick layer of  mulch around the root zone in the winter to protect it in exposed locations.

You may wish to refer to the following websites for additional information:

plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_ceca4.pdf