Experts and BHG readers answer.
redbud tree droop
Thanks for writing. Don't worry about the suckers --- young redbud growth often has a ""weepy"" habit. If you'd like to maintain the tree, keep one (or three, if you want a multi-stemmed redbud) of the suckers and prune the rest out. As they grow, they'll get stronger and develop a more upright habit.
If you don't want to wait a year or so for the growth to firm up, your best bet is to rip the tree out and replace it with a new one, I'm afraid.
Also: Be sure you get a redbud that's reliably hardy in your area. I see you're in USDA Zone 5 --- and that means redbuds from Southern sources may not be reliably hardy in your area. I had one, for example, that I purchased from a big-box retailer three years ago and the entire plant died back to the ground every winter before I removed it and replaced it.
---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com