The redbud tree is a lovely, easy to prune plant that sports pinkish-purple flowers during the spring. In its maturity, the tree can grow to a height of between 20 and 30 feet and makes a wonderful landscaping plant. But if you are interested in growing a redbud tree, you will have to learn how to properly prune it. As with any other tree, the redbud should be pruned on a regular basis. This is necessary for both shaping purposes and the overall health of the plant. Pruning also helps to encourage the growth of new buds, and you should always cut away any diseased, damaged or dead branches you spot on your redbud.
A redbud tree can basically be pruned at any time of the year, but doing so during the dormant phase is generally the best. This will minimize the free flow of sap that can be lost from the tree if it is cut during the growing season. You should also cut the tree the proper way, and with the right tools. In general, entire branches should be pruned to encourage new growth. Cutting only portions of a branch will prove detrimental to the overall wellbeing of your redbud.
As for the tools, you should make sure to obtain sharp pruning shears, pruning saws or a hand pruner. When to use each of these tools depends on how large or small the part of the tree that requires cutting. One thing to keep in mind is that anytime you prune a diseased branch, you should keep your tools properly sanitized. This means you should soak them in alcohol before moving on to the next area to be cut. When you are pruning individual branches on a rebud tree, make sure to cut them at about a 45 degree angle. Never cut them flush against the trunk of the tree, and avoid making contact with the bark ridge. This will keep your tree at its utmost health.