Small Ornamental Trees

Hi there. Thanks for your response to one of my earlier questions. I’m thinking of adding some ornamental trees to my backyard. I garden in zone 5. It has clay-ish soil and is in full sun on a gentle south-facing…

Redbud vs Forest Pansy

I like the look of a forest pansy but I have heard, largely anecdotally, that the Redbud grows slightly taller (30 feet vs 20 feet) and is more hardy. I live in central Toronto so conditions may be better than…

Eastern Redbud or other flowering tree?

Hello! I am on the landscaping committee for a condo in downtown Toronto, and the Board is looking into planting 2 – 3 ornamental trees as part of a rejuvenation project. They have considered flowering cherries to start, but I…

Non Flowering Forest Pansy Redbud

Last year I planted a forest pansy redbud.  About five foot specimen.  It never flowered this spring.  I saw the buds on the tree, but they seemed to fall off rather than open.  The tree is now leafing out. Why…

Pruning Redbud Forest Pansy & Climbing Clematis

My redbud forest pansy was planted three years ago. This spring we had hardly any little blooms on the branches and the tree started to leaf very late with some branches dried up. We had a tremendous growth spurt afterward…

transplanting tree

Is it possible to transplant a cercis canadensis that is about 5 feet tall – successfully? Would it survive in Ottawa? – zone 4…

Winter Damage – Eastern Redbud

My beloved Redbud has no buds = no flowers.  I have heard that the buds emerge in September and were probably killed by the harsh winter, and also that the leaves will probably follow.  I have done a careful thumb-scrape…

Small Canadian Maple trees

We recently visited Toronto from England (16 – 24 May 2013) and thought how beautiful the city looked with all the Spring trees. Many shady front gardens had a delicate Acer type smallish tree with pinkish red leaves and a…