I was wondering if anyone might have practical experience (or even just a guess) with a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) regrowing from a stump? A friend of mine was trying to help and accidentally cut mine down.
The remaining stump is about three inches in diameter and is about two inches above the soil level. I was thinking about dressing the stump but it is already looking dried out.
The tree was cut about two days ago (November 18th) and was dormant. I live in Pennsylvania.
If anyone has any comments about the chances of survival, or anything that I could do to help it in regrowing, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for any responses.
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posted 1 year ago
I had a redbud that was even larger (about 4" dia) that had some significant damage last winter, and someone "helping out" cut it off at the base. It sprouted multiple shoots this spring which I will thin now that things are going dormant. The biggest question will probably be to train as one trunk or multiple leaders.
Redbud is a coppice species and some nurseries actually do braided trunk Redbud specimen trees by doing a coppice at the 5th year then braiding three "leaders" after pruning the others off.
As long as you keep the soil moist, you should have several new trunks come out in spring.
Coppice trees have hidden buds in the trunk bark that are there for catastrophic events or fire that kill the above ground part or parts of the tree.
If you desire to keep pests out just coat the stump with Elmer's glue (the white variety) and let it dry, it is far less damaging than any of the "pruning sealers" that are petroleum based.
This is awesome good news for me. All things work together for good....the old tree was untrained and hung out in places that were inconvenient. Maybe I'll have a better looking Redbud now? If I do get several new shoots I might try air-layering a couple.
Thank you all for the advice and encouragement.. I really appreciate it.
Thank you for the Elmers glue tip Bryant. I'll have to put a cover over the stump for a few days because we seem to be having perpetual rain here in Pennsylvania this year. There's one more warm period coming this weekend.
Thank you again. You all are awesome. It seems like everyone at Permies is.
We had a weeping redbud of which the grafted, weeping part died off (I don't recall why, ice storm damage?), but the tree grew back as a standard redbud from below the graft.
It is doing quite well. :-)