Will my Western Redbud grow more leaves this season?
Hi- I usually hang out at the hosta forum, but for this question I need you Californians.
About a month ago, we planted a 15 gal. Western Redbud in a tree form, single trunk (6') and it promptly lost about 1/3 of its leaves...they turned yellow and fell off. I dug around and discovered that the rootball was bone dry even though it was getting a nice drink of water every 4 days from the sprinklers.At the nursery it had been on a drip system.
We remedied the problem by putting a temporary collar around the trunk close to the size of the can it had been in. I have been pouring a couple gallons slowly into the collared area every 4 days and making sure that the root ball is getting wet. No new yellow leaves and it appears to be happy.
I notice a lot of buds along the stems and I am wondering if I will be getting more leaves this summer. The tree is in Sunnyvale, full sun (Sunset zone 15)