Eastern Redbud Living Tree Chair
Our Eastern Redbud Living Tree Chair will revolutionize how you think about trees in the landscape. We’ve taken an ordinary Redbud Tree and, over a period of years, shaped it into a fully functional living chair that you can incorporate into your outdoor living space and enjoy for years to come. Imagine a tree that offers not only lavender spring flowers and gold fall color, but also an invitation to interact directly with trees in a fun and radically new way. At Bower & Branch, we believe the future of landscaping will be enriched by a more intimate connection between people and the natural world. Are you ready for the future?
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You’ve heard of the “slow food” movement? Well, this may be what you’d call “slow furniture.” Our unique Eastern Redbud Living Tree Chairs are not churned out within the walls of a factory somewhere, but are handcrafted one-by-one at our nursery in the great outdoors. Our growers carefully guide each young native Redbud Tree into the proper form using ancient techniques handed down through generations of tree-sculpting artisans. The training process is simple but time-consuming, and you’ll find no one growing these incredible living chairs besides Bower & Branch. We’re thrilled to finally be able to offer you this amazing and practical product of a remarkable collaboration between Man and Tree.
This delightful native tree is sure to bring a smile to your face! Bright purplish-pink pea-like flowers cover branches in April before leaves appear. The heart-shaped leaves on Eastern Redbuds are deep green through summer, turning yellow in fall. A perfect addition to a woodland setting, a nice component for your very own naturalizing project or just a beautiful tree for your beautiful garden - no matter where you use it, you're gonna love it!
How to Grow
Eastern Redbuds are beautiful woodland-like trees and they are incredibly easy to grow. This is the only tree that flowers on their bark. This means that the vibrant pinkish-purple blooms will appear on their trunk as well as on their branches. They bloom in April and their floral display is like no other flowering tree! In some instances of extreme winters they will get tip dieback. Do not get discouraged! Just be patient – the tree will bloom and leaves will appear in May. Eastern Redbuds will do well in slightly shaded areas. They both require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities. Redbuds like fertilizer! During fall, give your Redbud a high rate dose of fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years. Eastern Redbuds have no major insect or disease problems – and that’s always a plus! Redbuds occasionally sprout “suckers” around the base of the tree, as they appear be sure to prune them off. But when it comes to pruning the branches of your Redbud – don’t be afraid! They are so easy to prune – prune to whatever shape you like. If you don’t want to touch it – that’s fine. If you want to cut everything off except two branches that look like rabbit ears – that’s fine too (although you might get some weird looks from the neighbors – and your family).
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Size D Trees:
Size D grown in our special #25 to #30 Living Tree Chair container. Comes with an artisan iron trellis that provides proper stabilization and guidance for pruning and staking until maturity (roughly 3 years). Includes exclusive Bower & Branch tree saddle, so you can start relaxing immediately!
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