How to grow redbud trees from seeds

Germination of Tree Seed: Growing Trees Can Be Fun | HortUpdate - June 2010

by Richard Jauron, Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University

Note: This article was published originally in 2000 by Richard Jauron, Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University, in Horticulture & Home Pest News. While some of the species mentioned are more typical of the eastern United States, there are many good tips and references that could be applied to Texas trees. - DFW, Ed.

Germination of tree seed, and growing trees from seed can be fun. However, the seed of most tree species won't germinate immediately when planted because they are in a dormant state.

Dormancy must be broken before the seed can germinate. In some tree species, dormancy is the result of a thick, hard seed coat. The seed coat may be broken in a variety of ways and the process is referred to as scarification. Mechanical means, such as a metal file or coarse sandpaper, can be used to break the seed coat. Treatment with boiling water has also been successful for a number of tree species. In nature, the seed coat may be broken by microbial action, passage of the seed through the digestive tract of a bird or other animal, exposure to alternate freezing and thawing, or fire.

The seed of many tree species will not germinate until they have been exposed to cool temperatures and moist conditions for several weeks or months. Winter weather in areas of the United States such as Iowa provides the necessary conditions to break dormancy. Gardeners can accomplish the same results by a process called stratification. Tree seed can be stratified by placing the seed in a moist 50:50 mixture of sand and peat moss. Suitable containers include coffee cans, plastic jars, and cottage cheese containers. (Punch holes in the lid of the container to provide air.) Seed can also be stratified in plastic bags. Stratify the seed in the refrigerator.

The seed of some trees, such as redbud, have hard impermeable seed coats and dormant embryos. They require both scarification and stratification for germination. Specific information on collecting and planting seed from several tree species follows:

  • Maples (Acer species) - When mature, maple fruit (samaras) turn from green to yellow or brown and fall to the ground. Collect mature fruit from the lawn, driveway, or gutters. There is no need to remove the seed from the fruit. The fruit of red (Acer rubrum) and silver maple (Acer saccharinum) mature in late spring or early summer. Neither requires a pregermination treatment and should be planted immediately. The fruit of most maple species mature in the fall. Sow seed directly outdoors in the fall or plant stratified seed in the spring. Seed of the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) should be stratified for 40 to 90 days at 33 to 41 F, while seed of the Norway maple (Acer platanoides) require 90 to 120 days at 41 F. Plant the seed (fruit) 1/4 to 1 inch deep.
  • Horsechestnuts and Buckeyes (Aesculus species) - Gather the fruit (capsules) of the horsechestnuts and buckeyes as soon as they fall to the ground. Dry the fruit at room temperature until the capsules split open, then remove the shiny, dark brown seeds. Plant the seed in the fall or stratify the seed and plant in the spring. The Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) and common horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) should be stratified for 120 days at 41 F. Seed should be planted 1 to 2 inches deep.
  • Hickories (Carya species) - Collect the fruit as they fall to the ground. Remove the husks by hand. Sow the seed in the fall or plant stratified seed in the spring. Prior to stratifying, soak the nuts in water at room temperature for 2 to 4 days (change the water once or twice a day). Then stratify the nuts of the shagbark (Carya ovata) and bitternut (Carya cordiformis) hickories at 33 to 40 F for 90 to 120 days. Pecans (Carya illinoiensis) require only 30 to 90 days of cold stratification. Plant the seeds 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches deep.
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - Collect the pods of redbud when they turn brown in the fall. Air dry the pods, then remove the seed. Seed of the redbud have hard, impermeable seed coats in addition to dormant embryos. Seed require both scarification and cold stratification before they will germinate. Redbud seed can be scarified by soaking seed in concentrated sulfuric acid for 30 minutes or by submerging seed in boiling water for one minute. Once scarified, the seed should be stratified at 35 to 41 F for 5 to 8 weeks. Seed should be planted promptly at a depth of 1/4 inch.
  • Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) - Collect the fruit (pods) when they drop to the ground in the fall. Remove the seed by hand. The seed of Kentucky coffeetree have hard, thick seed coats. The seed coat can be broken by filing through it with a hand file. Plant the seed in the spring at a depth of 1 inch. Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra) - Collect walnuts after they fall to the ground. Remove the husks, then place the nuts in water. Those nuts that float on the water are not viable and can be discarded. The good, viable nuts will sink to the bottom. Sow walnuts in the fall or stratify the nuts at 34 to 41 F for 90 to 120 days and plant in the spring. Walnuts should be planted 1 to 2 inches deep.
  • Apples and Crabapples (Malus species) - Most apples and crabapples will not reproduce true from seed. They are usually propagated by grafting and budding. However, the seed of most apples and crabapples are viable and can be germinated. Collect fruit from trees as they ripen. Remove the seed. Sow the seed in the fall or stratify the seed for 60 to 120 days at 37 to 41 F and plant in the spring. Sow the seed 1/2 to 1 inch deep.
  • Cherry, Peach, and Plum (Prunus species) - Harvest fruit when full mature. Remove the seed. Seed may be sown in the fall or stratified seed may be planted in the spring. Stratify the seeds at 33 to 41 F. The sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) requires 90 to 150 days, the peach (Prunus persica) 98 to 105 days, and European plum (Prunus domestica) 90 days. Seed of plums and peaches should be planted 2 inches deep. Sow the seed of sour cherry at a depth of 1/2 inch. (Like the apples and crabapples, the seed of most cultivated cherries, plums, and peaches will not reproduce true from seed.)
  • Oaks (Quercus species) - Ripe acorns should be collected as soon as they fall to the ground. Sound, viable seed can be separated from damaged or unfilled acorns by placing them in water. Sound acorns will sink. Most of the floating acorns are not viable and can be discarded. The acorns of white oak (Quercus alba) and swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor) should be planted in the fall. They will germinate immediately after sowing. Acorns of bur (Quercus macrocarpa), pin (Quercus palustris), and red (Quercus rubra) oaks can be planted in the fall or stratified seed can be sown in spring. Stratify the seed at a temperature of 32 to 41 F. Acorns of the bur oak require 30 to 60 days, while red and pin oaks require 30 to 45 days.

Excellent references on the propagation of trees and shrubs include The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation by Michael Dirr and Charles Heuser Jr., Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices by Hudson Hartmann, Dale Kester, Fred Davies Jr., and Robert Geneve, and Seeds of Woody Plants in North America by James Young and Cheryl Young.

This article originally appeared in the August 11, 2000 issue, pp. 102-103, 2000, Issue: IC-483(20), Horticulture & Home Pest News -- Richard Jauron, Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University.

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Garden Guides | How to Grow Redbud Trees From Seed

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A cloud of white or pink blossoms cover the redbud trees (Cercis canadensis) in spring, before the leaves appear. The pollinated flowers develop into pealike seed pods. While redbud trees are members of the Legume family, their seeds are not soft like peas and beans. They are extremely hard and slow to germinate unless scarified and stratified before planting.

Gathering and Preparing the Seeds

The pealike pods of the redbud contain four to 10 1/4-inch hard brown seeds. Collect the seeds from the trees in fall, when the pods are dry. Allow the pods to air-dry for several days, until they are completely dry. Then the seeds can be stored in a sealed container at 35 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scarify the seeds by sanding briskly along one side to remove part of the hard outer shell. Avoid damaging the delicate inner embryo. As an alternate method of preparing the seeds, you can drop them into boiling water for one minute.

After scarifying the seeds, they require cold stratification. Place the seeds in moist peat moss or sand in a plastic bag. Clearly label the bag as "Redbud seeds" with the date before storing it in the refrigerator for five to eight weeks.

  • The pealike pods of the redbud contain four to 10 1/4-inch hard brown seeds.
  • Clearly label the bag as "Redbud seeds" with the date before storing it in the refrigerator for five to eight weeks.

Germinating the Seeds

Fill peat pots with moistened seed-starting mix and place them on a tray. Immediately after removing the stratified seeds from the refrigerator, plant one seed in each pot, pressing it 1/4 inch into the soil. Cover the peat pots and tray with plastic wrap. Place the tray in a warm, brightly lit location until the seedlings appear. Remove the plastic wrap. Water when the soil is dry to the touch, to maintain a consistent moisture level in the soil.

You can also plant redbud seeds outside in the garden. Plant the seeds in a well-drained, partially sunny location, 1/4 inch in the soil. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Redbud trees do not like transplanting; plant the tree in its permanent location.

  • Fill peat pots with moistened seed-starting mix and place them on a tray.
  • Immediately after removing the stratified seeds from the refrigerator, plant one seed in each pot, pressing it 1/4 inch into the soil.

Planting the Trees

Plant the trees in well-drained locations in the garden. Morning sun and dappled afternoon shade replicate the trees' natural habitat as understory trees in the forest. While redbud trees are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, seedlings should be planted after the last frost date so they have a full growing season before cold weather arrives again.

Dig a hole twice the width of each peat pot and at the same depth. Tear off the upper rim of the peat pot so that no part of it extends above ground after the seedling is planted. This prevents the exposed portion of the peat pot from wicking moisture away from the tree's roots. Place the seedling in the planting hole and backfill with the excavated soil. Water the seedling thoroughly.

  • Plant the trees in well-drained locations in the garden.
  • Place the seedling in the planting hole and backfill with the excavated soil.

Watering and Fertilizing Redbuds

Redbud trees prefer a moist but not soggy soil. Water weekly, or when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, at a rate of 10 gallons for every inch in diameter of the tree's trunk. Adding 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch around the tree helps slow the evaporation of water from the soil, helping to maintain an even level of moisture around the tree's roots. Spread the mulch over the soil, 12 inches from the tree's trunk and out to the drip line.

Redbud trees are not heavy feeders and the nutrients from the decomposing mulch are generally sufficient to nourish the tree. If the soil is very poor or sandy, fertilize with a slow release 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of 1/2 pound for every inch of the tree's trunk. Scratch the fertilizer into the top 2 to 3 inches of soil and water thoroughly.

  • Redbud trees prefer a moist but not soggy soil.
  • Water weekly, or when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, at a rate of 10 gallons for every inch in diameter of the tree's trunk.
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How to Find and Grow Redwood Trees - Guides and Game Reviews

Redwood can be crafted into hardwood, making it a very valuable resource.

Many trees can be planted throughout the world of Stardew Valley. Some of these types of trees, such as maple and oak, will naturally appear on your farm at the start of the game. Other trees, such as apple and cherry trees, need to be planted with seedlings, which are usually purchased from Pierre's General Store or JojaMart.

One tree that can be a little more difficult to plant is redwood. This tree was first introduced in the Ginger Island update and grows from redwood seeds. In this guide, we'll take a look at how to get these seeds and grow your own redwood. First, let's see what items can be obtained from redwood.


  1. What do mahogany trees produce?
  2. Where to find mahogany seeds
  3. Feed the trees around the grew red trees of the red tree
  4. Cutting of the Red Tree trees
  5. Chopping stumps
  6. Murder of the slugs in the Secret Forest
  7. hack the golden coconut
  8. where to buy seeds of red tree
mahogany trees?

If you cut down a mahogany, you get ten hardwoods . In addition, if you place a nozzle on a mahogany, it will be produce juice every day.

Hardwood can be hard to come by, so planting redwood around your farm is a challenge. great idea.

The rate of growth of the mahogany tree differs in five stages. Stage one is newly planted seeds and stage five is a fully grown tree that can be cut down for maximum yield.

Each night, the redwood will have a 15% chance to advance to the next growth stage. This is not very good, but with tree fertilizer you can increase this to 60 percent. In general, you want to use tree fertilizer.

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with other guides to popular games. Let's talk about the secrets and tricks that you can use in games to your advantage. And also about useful and interesting stories in video games.

Where to Find Mahogany Seeds

There are five different ways to find Mahogany Seeds, so let's look at each one below.

Feed trees around mature redwood trees

Fully grown redwood trees will have the opportunity to spread their seeds to nearby areas. As you walk past the redwood, look around for partially buried seeds. Using an ax or a pickaxe will cause the seed to pop out of the ground, allowing you to collect it. Harvested mahogany seeds will be orange-yellow, oblong ; in general, they are very different from the seeds and seedlings of any other tree.

Cutting Redwood Trees

Cutting down a fully grown redwood tree can give a good chance of producing redwood seeds as well. This means that if you have redwood ready to cut, you don't need to look for additional seeds.

Chopping Stumps

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Stumps can be found on your farm or in the Hidden Forest. Chopping a stump will give you 2 hardwoods and a 10% chance to drop a mahogany seed . Every day you can cut down six large stumps in the Hidden Forest. These stumps are respawned by , which means that you can not only search for redwood seeds, but also collect a collection of hardwoods.

Killing Slugs in the Hidden Forest

While you're chopping stumps in the Hidden Forest, you'll also find an area occupied by a group of slugs. Slugs in this area have a 10% chance to drop Redwood Seed on kill. These slugs will also respawn in the Hidden Forest every day.

Hack Golden Coconut

Finally, you can find redwood seeds inside golden coconuts. This is a geode-like item that can be found on Ginger Island. To crack these coconuts, you need to take them to Clint and he will open one for 25g.

Golden Coconut 1/7 chance to find redwood seeds. Since golden coconuts are rare, this may not be the most efficient way to find mahogany seeds. In general, the best way to get seeds is to cut down stumps and existing redwood trees.

Where to Buy Mahogany Seeds

If you don't want to look for Mahogany Seeds, you can also buy them from the merchant on the island in exchange for one stingray.

Island Trader is a unique vendor on Ginger Island that you can trade with. This seller will be unavailable immediately after your arrival at Ginger Island .though. First you need to unlock the farmhouse on the island for 20 golden walnuts. After that, you can head to the area north of the starting beach and unlock the merchant for 10 golden walnuts.

Rays are a little hard to find. They can only be caught in the Pirate Bay area, which will also need to be unlocked. Overall, may be the best option for growing mahogany seeds instead of buying them.

Naturally spawning redwood trees

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The only place you can find natural redwood spawning trees is Ginger Island. When you first visit the island, you can find fully grown redwood trees in the area north of the starting beach, as well as next to the farmhouse to the west. These are normal redwood trees, yielding ten hardwoods. After grinding, you can plant more redwood trees.

This is all you need to know about mahogany trees. Hardwood is a very important resource needed for many farm buildings, machines and quests. If you want to purchase a lot of hardwood, be sure to plant some redwood trees on your farm!

What are the characteristics of mahogany? | Gardening

Anyone who has even a little knowledge of wood and the quality of this material knows in advance and superficially that not all plants are suitable or recommended for wood or interior work.

Some are more durable, others are more flexible and have unique characteristics. Therefore, today it is a very popular material. But not all plants are as in demand as mahogany .


  • 1 General characteristics of mahogany
  • 2 Types of mahogany
  • 3 cultivo
  • 4 What help do you need?
    • 4.1 Climate
    • 4.2 Ubicacion
    • 4.3 Land
    • 4.4 irrigation
    • 4.5 multiplication
  • 5 Uses

Mahogany General Characteristics

This tree is characterized by its great height when it reaches its full maturity. It can reach 20 to 50 meters in height. and this is a variety of the evergreen class, that is, quite strong.

As for the shape of its leaves, they have a feathery design and are rather soft to the touch . They are arranged in a complex and alternating manner. The size of these leaves can vary from 10 to 30 cm in length, depending on the size of the tree and environmental conditions.

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The reason mahogany is used as a building material for boats, furniture and more is because is how straight its trunk is and the hardness of this is. But not only its trunk has great strength, but also its branches.

This species flowers from March to June. During this time, you will be able to notice the flowers. , but instead, redwood fruits only appear in December.

This one is very similar to the medlar , but unlike this fruit, it is larger and contains about 55 seeds inside the fruit. The size of this fruit can easily reach 7 cm in length.


Swietenia macrophylla
Mahogany scrolls
Swietenia humilis

It's true, the redwood tree is not one, but three, as you can see in the images above. All of them are native to the intertropical zone of the American continent:

  • Swietenia largeleaf Known as Honduras redwood, Atlantic redwood, or large-leaved redwood, it grows in Mexico south of the Amazon forests in Brazil. Today it is what is cultivated the most, and many will tell you that it is "real mahogany". Illegal logging and the associated environmental impacts listed them as an endangered species in 2003.
  • Mahogany Scrolls Known as Native Redwood or Cuban Redwood, this plant is native to South Florida and the Caribbean. It was the one that was used the most before World War II.
  • Swietenia humilis : known as the Pacific tree, it grows in the dry forests of the Pacific coast of Central America. Some say it is actually a variety of S. macrophylla, with the only difference being that it is smaller.


Mahogany is good because it can be planted or propagated through seeds. And given that has more than 50 seeds inside each fruit, it is a very practical plant to grow.

The easiest way to start growing redwood is to take a couple of seeds and place them in a bag with some soil. The detail is that you have to wait until December or early January to get plant seeds.

Seeds should be collected whenever the fruit turns light brown, just as they hatch or open. For this you need to climb the tree and collect the seeds directly.

After seed collection, is recommended This is planted at a distance of 12 meters from each other. mahogany plants or any other species. But mostly the same kind. In this way, complications in its growth can be avoided and the likelihood of attack by a particular butterfly can be reduced.

What help do you need?

If you would like a copy, we recommend that you take care of it as follows:


Tropical warm and minimum temperature must be 10ºC or higher . That is why its cultivation and growth is better in tropical regions such as North and South America. To be more specific, it works best in coastal areas or territories.


It must always be outside, in full sun, and at least 6 meters away from pipes and other . And, in addition to being large plants over 20 meters tall, they need room to grow. This way you will avoid complications with the pipes.


Land must be fertile and well drained.


Often this should be done 4-5 times a week during the hottest part of the year, and every 2-3 days the rest of the year.


Spring seed, sow directly in the nursery on a universal growing substrate.


As you can imagine, and for everything you have read, mahogany is widely used throughout the world . Its main application is the production of furniture and joinery.

In the same way is also an effective wood or plant for making small to medium sized boats. . There are even those who use mahogany to make musical instruments entirely from wood or parts of it.

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