Shaping Young Eastern Red Bud

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trevor1189

trevor1189

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I planted a eastern red bud at my new house this year and I’m looking for tips on growing it. I planted it in the spring and it has really grown quite a bit from when I got it. I don’t have the greenest thumb, but my parents have one of these trees and I really like the look of them, so I want to make sure it does well. I’ve been using fertilizer stakes and watering a few times a week.

My tree is planted on the east side of my house and gets west to east winds since my house is at the top of a hill and quite a bit of sunlight (8A-6pish), but it seems to be growing quite wide and not so tall. I understand the best time to prune is in the spring after the flowers are gone. Is that correct?
I’d like to try to train this tree to be taller than wider. Unfortunately, the longest branch on it currently is growing right out of the side (into the wind) and it’s the lowest branch on the tree, so I think it’ll be the first to go when I start pruning it.

1. When is it appropriate to trim? This coming spring (tree will be about a year planted at my house) or the following year?

2. Any tips for getting more height than width out of it?

3. When should I remove the little stake that came with the tree? I’ve already cut the ties and put some new ones on so they don’t cut into the tree, but I’m not sure if the little stake is doing anything for it at this point or not.
I appreciate any tips you can offer. Thanks!
Here’s a picture of the my tree, it’s about 4 feet tall and was a little sapling from Lowe’s when I got it.
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Raintree

Raintree

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As a professional I always prefer to let the plant grow to its natural size and shape. Excessive manipulation of the plants profile leads to maintenance and health issues. Common sense pruning for clearance and structure is best.
Recommendations, reduce watering, remove stake, check planting depth, install appropriate mulch bed. Red Buds tend to grow broader in the open, let it grow.
 

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