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Red bud tree and pruning

Hello. I have a red bud tree in mulch bed, corner of house. Planted 1.5 yrs ago and growing well. But the growth is all near bottom of tree and spreading out as seen in picture. It appears to be turning into a bush and not a tree. We live in central OH

Questions:
1. Is this normal growth?
2. Can I or should I trim the bottom branches?

Thnaks in advance!

Josh
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Re: Red bud tree and pruning

Not normal for most red buds. There are some "weeping" forms, including one called Ruby Falls that looks a lot like yours

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but yours clearly hasn't been trimmed in a LONG time. Pruning a weeping tree is not something I have done, so hopefully some one that knows more will come along. But to start with you want to prune off all the stuff that is trailing on the ground. Cut out any dead diseased or broken branches. Cut out branches that are crossing each other and rubbing. Cut out any branches that are growing upwards from the top.

Then you have to decide how much to thin it. That's a personal preference kind of thing. Sometimes people thin them down to very few branches so that the structure of the tree is more visible:

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But a lot of the pictures of the Ruby Falls that I saw looked pretty much like yours.
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